Hurricane Chris strengthens, stays well off U.S. Atlantic Coast

Hurricane Chris strengthens, stays well off U.S. Atlantic Coast

Hurricane Chris strengthens, stays well off U.S. Atlantic Coast

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its top sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour (120 kph).

Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring unsafe rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week.

Little change in the hurricane's trajectory or intensity is expected throughout Wednesday, but come Thursday the storm will rapidly weaken into a post-tropical cyclone.

Hurricane Chris was located about 205 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving to the northeast at 10 mph.

Hurricane Chris formed off the U.S. East Coast Tuesday afternoon.

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There is also the risk of heavy showers on Thursday with Storm Chris - the Tropical storm which has now been upgraded to a hurricane - set to batter the United Kingdom over the weekend and in the early part of next week. We continue to monitor the remnants of what was Hurricane Beryl near the Bahamas, as that storm could regenerate in the next 3-5 days.

Chris was expected to remain well off the US coast, the NHC said, adding on its current forecast track, the center of Chris will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night.

The hurricane has caused no coastal watches or warnings to come into effect, however weather authorities have warned anybody seeking to paddle out in the wake of Chris for recreation.

"Rip current danger is still high today, but by tomorrow, the storm will be dissipating in the North Atlantic and the danger will be easing up", said Gardner. By tonight, Chris will finally begin to move northeast - parallel to the Eastern seaboard.

The storm has started moving northeast - away from the USA - after staying stationary for a couple of days.

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