Hurricane Chris strengthens to Category 2; producing rough surf, rip currents

Howard TerryJul 12, 2018

On Friday Beryl became the first hurricane of this Atlantic season before weakening.

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

It looks like the UK's heatwave is set to come to an end as the remnants of a powerful hurricane swirling along the USA east coast is due to hit Britain.

The storm will generate unsafe surf conditions and life-threatening rip currents along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts the next few days as it continues to speed away from the USA, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Chris strengthened in the mid-Atlantic and was expected to become a hurricane on Monday evening or Tuesday, while the former Hurricane Beryl dwindled into a heavy rainstorm threatening to bring flooding to Puerto Rico, forecasters said.

Chris is starting to move northeast around 9 miles per hour. It will likely be a tropical storm by then, on Thursday night.

He told Daily Star Online: "There is a good chance that the remains of Chris, which is likely to become a hurricane over the next 12 hours, will approach the United Kingdom between Sunday and Monday". "While we do not expect major impacts from this storm, we will continue to watch it closely".

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.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "The remnants of Storm Chris could move across the Atlantic and get caught up in different weather systems".

'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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