Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Chris strengthens to a category 1 hurricane far off North Carolina coast

Chris strengthens to a category 1 hurricane far off North Carolina coast

Tropical storm Chris is expected to swing south of Nova Scotia at hurricane strength later this week before making landfall in Newfoundland as a "very strong" post-tropical storm, a meteorologist warned Tuesday.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service said they expected Chris to create a moderate, or elevated, risk of risky rip currents forming along the entire Jersey Shore on Wednesday, from Sandy Hook down to Cape May.

The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts. Still, the storm is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane later Tuesday as it moves into warmer waters.

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The storm has started moving northeast - away from the USA - after staying stationary for a couple of days.

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.

There were no coastal watching or warnings in effect as of Tuesday afternoon.

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It also issued a flash-flood watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands through Monday evening.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.

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