Sunday, 23 September, 2018

NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

What's left of Tropical Storm Beryl has a 50 percent chance of redeveloping into a tropical depression over the next few days as it moves into the Bahamas NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane
Theresa Hayes | 13 July, 2018, 21:42

The report is available in Spanish at: Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias.

Tropical Storm Chris, which has been lingering off the North Carolina coast for several days, has finally begun to move northward, as well as develop the qualities of a hurricane.

Chris is expected to create large swells along the east coast, which can result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.

The National Hurricane Center noted at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Chris was located near latitude 36.4 degrees north and longitude 67.8 degrees west.

ExxonMobil removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms Wednesday as hurricane Chris advanced toward Atlantic Canada.

Chris is moving to the northeast at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 kph) with higher gusts.

The hurricane was moving toward the northeast at 10 miles per hour (17 kph), the NHC said.

Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, after Beryl. Hurricane Chris is unlikely to strike land, though NHC forecasters say it will become a "powerful extratropical cyclone" on its way to Newfoundland, bringing risky conditions all the same.

The area could be hit by heavy rain, strong winds and waves with storm surge along parts of the coast, the centre said. The National Hurricane Center gauges its redevelopment odds at 50% within the next five days.

On its current path, Chris would pass over or near the Avalon Peninsula in southeastern Newfoundland later Thursday or early Friday and weaken on a path toward Iceland and perhaps Ireland.