Chris expected to strengthen into hurricane off East Coast today

SLIDER-Tanya Matthews of Augusta GA protects herself from the sun while waiting for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to begin at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston MA

SLIDER-Tanya Matthews of Augusta GA protects herself from the sun while waiting for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to begin at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston MA

The storm is still expected to be upgraded to hurricane status, which would make it the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Also, a fire weather watch was issued for parts of central California and western Nevada, where winds could gust 40 to 50 miles per hour near thunderstorms.

The storm was expected to strengthen slightly before weakening into a strong post-tropical cyclone as it approaches Newfoundland.

"We are saddened that rough waters have tragically claimed a life, and I urge people along our coast to be cautious, especially if they plan to be in and on the water", Cooper said in a statement.

Hurricane Chris was located about 245 miles (390 km) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 km per hour), the NHC said in its latest advisory at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT).

Satellite view of Hurricane Chris on Wednesday morning.

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A southward dip in the jet stream moving into the northeastern states will help usher Chris further out to sea over the next few days.

Although there are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, weather officials warned that Hurricane Chris could potentially produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip-currents along the East Coast in the coming days. If anything, conditions will worsen in the coming days as rip currents become a significant concern.

Tropical storm Chris continues to linger off the North and SC coasts.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "The remnants of Storm Chris could move across the Atlantic and get caught up in different weather systems".

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said Storm Chris "will influence the weather" in the United Kingdom but stopped short of giving an accurate forecast as it is "still developing".

'One common theme emerging from the start of next week is that low pressure will be a little closer and the weather will turn more changeable than we have seen recently'.

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