Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Tropical Storm Chris Turning Into Hurricane Off North Carolina Coast

Tropical Storm Chris Turning Into Hurricane Off North Carolina Coast

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for parts of Newfoundland, warning of strong winds, heavy rain and pounding surf on Thursday.

The Category 2 storm, which was about 600 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Wednesday, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday before possibly making landfall in eastern Newfoundland later in the day.

At 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami upgraded Chris from a tropical storm to a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reached 85 miles per hour.

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", it said.

"We continue to monitor, but based on current forecasts we do not expect the storm to affect our offshore operations", ExxonMobil spokesman Merle MacIsaac said in an email, referring to the Sable project.

A southward dip in the jet stream moving into the northeastern states will help usher Chris further out to sea over the next few days.

As Ms Maxey explains, this hurricane has to go through "lots of stages" before reaching the United Kingdom and the exact track it will take is "still in doubt".

Tropical Storm Chris has officially reached hurricane strength, marking the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic season.

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".

She added: "The weather we will be seeing after Chris is not particularly windy, but we could see rain moving in from the west".

"One common theme emerging from the start of next week is that low pressure will be a little closer and the weather will turn more changeable than we have seen recently".

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