Chris Weakens to Tropical Storm, Island Braces for Heavy Rain Tonight

TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean

It was headed northeast at 10 miles per hour (16 kph). "A further increase in forward speed is expected as a strong deep-layer trough digs southeastward along the US east coast, accelerating the cyclone at forward speeds of 25-30 kt by 48 hours and beyond", according to the NHC.

Chris strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane on Tuesday.

Hurricane storm-force winds extended up to 25 miles from the center of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds up to 90 miles.

Weather officials said in a release that the storm could produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip currents. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles and is moving to the northeast at 35 mph. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the storm will accelerate to the northeast Wednesday before moving over colder water in the North Atlantic and weakening.

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Hurricane Chris has formed in the Atlantic, about 200 miles off the coast of SC. On the forecast track the center of Chris will pass near southeastern Newfoundland, Canada on Thursday, July 12. It will likely be a tropical storm by then, on Thursday night.

Chris will make for an angry ocean with high waves, pounding surf and storm surge a concern for southern parts of the island tonight, particularly during high tide.

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.

Chris was expected to remain well off the US coast, the NHC said, adding on its current forecast track, the center of Chris will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night.

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