Tropical storm Chris became a hurricane

Tropical storm Chris became a hurricane

Tropical storm Chris became a hurricane

The storm was almost stationary early on Tuesday as it churned about 200 miles (322 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

As Chris's winds increased to 85 miles per hour on Tuesday afternoon, the storm became the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, albeit only reaching Category 1 strength. The storm was expected to strengthen slightly before weakening into a strong post-tropical cyclone as it approaches Newfoundland. It is believed that Hurricane Chris may clip Newfoundland, Canada, later in the week, USA Today reports.

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.

By tonight, Chris will finally begin to move northeast - parallel to the Eastern seaboard.

"While some heavy rain is possible, especially across the northwest of the United Kingdom, it may be more welcome than usual, given the prolonged dry spell". This means rough surf and unsafe rip currents.

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Forecasters say ocean swells of up to eight metres are possible where Chris makes landfall, while other areas can expect ocean swells of up to five metres. On the forecast track the center of Chris will pass near southeastern Newfoundland, Canada on Thursday, July 12.

Chris was moving toward the northeast near 22 miles per hour (35 kph).

"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.

"We're also pinpointing the remnants of Beryl", Bridges said. Tropical storm force winds stretched outward up to 175 miles from its center.

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