Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore

Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore

It remains almost stationary well off the coast of the Carolinas; it will begin moving northeast tonight and tomorrow, winding up in the North Atlantic this weekend as a post-tropical system.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Chris had winds of 90 miles per hour and was moving to the northeast at 25 miles per hour.

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hammer parts of eastern Newfoundland today as hurricane Chris tracks towards the region.

The national weather forecaster says the storm intensified as it accelerated northeast on Tuesday.

The latest forecast from Environment Canada Tuesday afternoon, July 10, is predicting Tropical Storm Chris to become a hurricane off the coast of Carolina this evening. Chris is forecast to become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night or early Friday.

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In the United States, forecasters said Wednesday that beachgoers on the Atlantic coast should be wary of heavy surf and life-threatening rip-currents as Chris swirled off the U.S. East Coast.

While it is expected to mostly miss the United States, the storm has already created unsafe conditions, and beach patrol officials in Ocean City, Maryland had already made 141 rescues as of Monday due to strong rip currents.

Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, after Beryl. As the remnants drift northward toward the Bahamas over the coming days, the Hurricane Center gives them a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm.

A hurricane across the Atlantic may "influence" Britain's hot weather possibly bringing wind and rain next week.

If it does reform, it should stay well off the U.S. East Coast, AccuWeather said. It quickly fell apart before reaching Dominica over the weekend, but continues to bring in rain in the Caribbean islands.

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