Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Hurricane Chris forms; not expected to make US landfall

Hurricane Chris forms; not expected to make US landfall

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close watch on Hurricane Chris. The report is available in Spanish at: Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias.

Hurricane Chris is now about 205 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained maximum wind speeds of 85 mph extending at least 15 miles from the center.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras.

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She told Daily Star Online: "Former Atlantic hurricanes can have a huge impact on the UK's weather, but it can be both positive and negative".

Chris has become the second hurricane of the 2018 season, but it will continue to pull moisture away from Florida. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 miles per hour, and it will likely continue to strengthen through Wednesday morning. 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.

Chris has lingered off the coast of North Carolina for several days, but according to the NHC the storm has begun moving northeast with increasing speed. By later this week, Chris may bring gusty winds and heavy rain to portions of Atlantic Canada. Even though Chris is on the move, it is still causing high rip currents at the Outer Banks.

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"Sometimes there are no systems steering other systems around an advancing tropical storm or hurricane, and that allows it to wobble a little bit and that can change the expected track", explains SaltWire Network meteorologist Cindy Day.

The storm could bring as much as 6 inches of rain and localized flash flooding to Newfoundland, forecasters said.

It was expected to gain strength Wednesday before weakening to a strong post-tropical cyclone on Thursday.

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