Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada

Jul 13, 2018, 02:43
Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada

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

While it is expected to mostly miss the United States, the storm has already created unsafe conditions, and beach patrol officials in Ocean City, Maryland had already made 141 rescues as of Monday due to strong rip currents.

Chris will move very slowly toward the northeast today, but will soon pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday and track away from the area.

Chris was racing northeast at 35 miles per hour and was forecast to pass near or over extreme southeastern Newfoundland later today or tonight.

Chris was upgraded to a Hurricane as of the Tuesday afternoon advisory from the Hurricane Center. The strongest winds will be in eastern Cape Breton, gusting from the north at 50 to 60 kilometres per hour.

"What we have is pretty much a wet day today, and a wet and windy night tonight", Wanda Batten, meteorologist with Environment Canada, told the St. John's Morning Show Thursday.

"Once it hits the colder water and starts to unravel, its forward motion increases as the winds decrease".

Communities on the Avalon can expect to receive 20 to 30 milimetres of rain, possibly a little more if the system slows down somewhat.

Higher temperatures of around 25C are expected just in time for the weekend, with temperatures then expected to continue to climb. We also bring back the chance for a few showers and storms each afternoon, especially Sunday into early next week.

Still, Gov. Roy Cooper and other state officials cautioned vacationers and coastal residents to monitor the storm.

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