Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Chris now a Category 2 hurricane, moves away from NC

Chris now a Category 2 hurricane, moves away from NC

Tropical Storm Chris is predicted to become a hurricane by this afternoon, according to the Bermuda Weather Service.

"In 2014, ex-hurricane Bertha brought a wet and windy August, but the next month ex-hurricane Cristobal flipped the switch to a hot and sunny September". Eye formation is typically an indication of winds reaching the minimum hurricane threshold at 74 miles per hour.

"It's not unusual at all", she said.

"The most likely scenario is that we will see some welcome rain and cooler winds early next week, before the weather settles down again later in July".

There will still be isolated afternoon showers and storms each afternoon through the weekend, but all in all, any rain that falls won't last long. Please consult products from your local weather office.

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Although no hurricane watches or warnings are in place, Chris will bring life threatening surf and rip currents up the East Coast in the days to come.

The BWS said Chris was “unlikely to have significant impact on the island, with moderate to strong winds and swells of up to 9ft expected as it passes”. Remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl continued to be a rainmaker in the Caribbean, affecting the Dominican Republic and Haiti as well as Western Cuba, the NHC said.

"There really is no big option for the track of this storm, it's going to continue to take on that northeasterly direction, picking up speed and weakening".

Tropical formation chances were 20 percent over the next 48 hours and 50 percent over the next five days.

The rain will be much-needed for the United Kingdom that has been basking in a weeks-long heatwave, but it is still too early to write off the summer as warm weather is still expected over the coming week.

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