Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore

Gwen Vasquez
July 14, 2018

When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, an instrument aboard looked at Tropical Storm Chris' water vapor and cloud temperatures.

Everything is just right for Chris to turn into a hurricane while the storm leading it will never get listed in the hurricane archive. The National Hurricane Center gauges its redevelopment odds at 50% within the next five days.

Environment Canada updated its forecast early Thursday morning, with a warning that heavy rain, strong winds, significant waves and storm surges could hit coastal areas of the island on Thursday.

The storm was forecasted to dump as much as 6 inches (150 millimeters) of rain over parts of Newfoundland, which could cause flash flooding, it said. Other than some rough seas along the East Coast, it poses no threat to the United States of America, the National Hurricane Center said.

Many North Carolina beaches were closed to swimming on Monday due to heavy surf and risky rip currents, according to a statement from the governor's office.

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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.

Showers may linger into Thursday afternoon, with precipitation expected to decrease on Thursday night. On average, the third named storm forms August 14, and the second hurricane forms August 29, so Chris is keeping the season's activity well above par.

A hurricane across the Atlantic may "influence" Britain's hot weather possibly bringing wind and rain next week. It's unusually early for a second hurricane to form: On average, that does not occur until later in the summer, around August 28, according to the hurricane center.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 90 miles out, the hurricane center said.

Forecasters expected the storm to gain category one hurricane strength later Tuesday, and accelerate its northeast movement along a mid-latitude low dropping over eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.

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