Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

Latest path appreciation models from the NHC show Storm Chris will brush past northern Ireland and northern Scotland during Saturday and Sunday. The report is available in Spanish at: Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias.

The storm, once the second hurricane of 2018 in the Atlantic, weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday morning with 70 miles per hour winds. The reports are available in English at: National Hurricane Center and FEMA Daily Operations Briefing.

Although Hurricane Chris is headed towards Canada, it will still create severe weather for those on the U.S. East Coast. Maximum sustained winds settled near 100 miles per hour, and the storm was not expected to gain strength the rest of today.

Chris on Tuesday became the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic season.

Southeastern winds will increase and gust to roughly 80km/h overnight Thursday before switching over to northwesterly gusts of 70 km/h by Friday morning. Eye formation is typically an indication of winds reaching the minimum hurricane threshold at 74 miles per hour.

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"Significant wave heights could reach near 10 metres over offshore waters near the track of Chris as it moves through the Canadian marine district", added CHC.

Rip currents are possible for beaches from ME to the Carolinas, the National Weather Service said. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The disturbance is forecast to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the redevelopment.

The forecast calls for Chris making landfall or passing just south of the Avalon Peninsula as a strong post-tropical storm Thursday evening.

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