NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts.

Hurricane Chris is now about 205 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained maximum wind speeds of 85 mph extending at least 15 miles from the center.

The National Hurricane Center's advisory stated Hurricane Chris was located about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and was moving in a northeastern direction at 10 mph. High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris has reached hurricane strength while moving away from the USA coast in the Atlantic.

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Nicola Maxey, Senior Press Officer for the Met Office, explains that this sort of weather activity is typical for this time of year and that although the Storm is expected to turn into a hurricane by later today, by the time it reaches the United Kingdom it will be an ex-hurricane. It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the US coast, forecasters say, instead steadily heading for Newfoundland while picking up forward speed through Thursday night. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern, speaking in a Met Office Facebook post, said: "Developments on the other side of the pond could very well disrupt weather patterns in the vicinity of the UK".

Interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.

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