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. The hurricane is expected to strenghten over the next two days.
Chris will move very slowly toward the northeast today, but will soon pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday and track away from the area.
The storm, however, may produce risky surf conditions, including a high rip along the coast of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states in the next few days and potentially creating life-threatening conditions, the NHC said in an advisory.
The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts. Local officials were preparing to deal with any minor flooding or overwash.
IMPACTS FROM CHRISWhile Chris won't bring us any direct impacts, swells generated by the storm will affect coastal portions of the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states for a few more days. A Rip Current Statement was issued for the Outer Banks.
Interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.
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