Tropical Storm Chris Reaches Hurricane Strength

  • Tropical Storm Chris Reaches Hurricane Strength

Tropical Storm Chris Reaches Hurricane Strength

Tropical Rainstorm Chris remains a powerful storm with sustained wind of 65 miles per hour as it is now racing away from the Atlantic Canada coast. The hurricane center gives the storm a 50 percent chance of regenerating into a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

Chris is continuing to gain forward speed today, now moving northeast at a quick 22 miles per hour. The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the center said.

"Swells generated by Hurricane Chris are expected to affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days", the latest advisory said.

Despite the appearance of a hurricane, Chris was lacking in one important factor - windspeed.

According to Environment Canada update on Wednesday morning, the storm was still forecasted to pass well south of Nova Scotia on Thursday.

For Newfoundland waters, storm and gale warnings are in effect near and adjacent to the storm's track with 10-metre high waves a possibility.

In the tropics, Chris is forecast to become a hurricane Tuesday as it finally gets a nudge to the northeast away from the Carolina coast vicinity. This means rough surf and risky rip currents.

The storm will continue to move to the northeast and is expected to remain well offshore of the US.

The hurricane was moving toward the northeast at 10 miles per hour (17 kph), the NHC said.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said Storm Chris "will influence the weather" in the United Kingdom but stopped short of giving an accurate forecast as it is "still developing".