Chris set to become hurricane, Beryl poses flood threat to Puerto Rico

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The national weather forecaster says the storm is now off the coast of Carolina and is expected to begin moving northeast later today.

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.

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.

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An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly over Chris Tuesday afternoon.

Although Hurricane Chris is headed towards Canada, it will still create severe weather for those on the U.S. East Coast.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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Surf: swells generated by Hurricane Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days. "However, the disturbance is expected to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week".

Big waves from a hurricane are rare in July in Nova Scotia, said Pete Cove, general manager of the East Coast Surf School.

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