Monday, 23 July, 2018

Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

SLIDER-Tanya Matthews of Augusta GA protects herself from the sun while waiting for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to begin at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston MA Tropical Storm Chris approaches hurricane status
Cary Marshall | 11 July, 2018, 04:04

Rough surf and unsafe rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week.

It took it a few days, but Tropical Storm Chris strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday as it started to move away from the US coast.

At 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Miami said the storm was about 205 miles (330 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph).

Winds increase closer to the warm core in tropical systems while exratropical cyclones have high winds at greater distances from the storm center.

Chris is moving in a northeasterly direction at 2 miles per hour. It is expected to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours, says FOX 13's meteorologist Dave Osterberg.

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There were no coastal watching or warnings in effect as of Tuesday afternoon.

Beryl, which was the first hurricane for the Atlantic season, formed on Friday.

It also issued a flash-flood watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands through Monday evening.

A study released in May estimated the death toll from Maria was about 4,645 - not the 64 long pegged by the island's government as the official death toll - which would make it one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history.

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