Hurricane Chris to pass northwest of Bermuda

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Chris, now off the east coast of the U.S., is heading out into the Atlantic, and over the next couple of days will become part of our weather patterns.

Hurricane Chris continues to be a solid Category 2 late Wednesday morning after rapidly intensifying last night.

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. The reports are available in English at: National Hurricane Center and FEMA Daily Operations Briefing. It was about 570 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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.

Environment Canada says Tropical Storm Chris is expected to make landfall in Newfoundland later this week as a post-tropical storm.

On July 6, Chris grew to a tropical depression and strengthened into a tropical storm a day later, the channel said.

Hurricane Chris is now tracking the East Coast of the United States and is set to cross the Atlantic to the UK. On the forecast track, the center of Chris will pass over or near extreme southeastern Newfoundland Thursday evening.

Advisories were still in effect Wednesday for swells generated by Chris that could cause deadly rip currents. Rough seas and rip currents are forecast for the East Coast for the rest of the week.

No other tropical system exists at this time and nothing else is expected to develop within the next five days over the entire Atlantic basin. "Rain, strong winds and heavy pounding surf over coastal regions will end tonight".

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