Hurricane Chris intensifies in Atlantic, takes aim at Avalon Peninsula

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Swells generated from Chris are expected to affect the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states in the next few days.

Tropical Storm Chris surged Tuesday into hurricane strength as it churned away from the US East coast and became the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, forecasters said.

"Movement was northeast at 2 miles per hour, with a central pressure of 993 millibars or 29.33" of mercury.

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Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring risky rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week. On the forecast track, the center of Chris will pass over or near extreme southeastern Newfoundland Thursday evening.

Sara Thornton, forecaster at, said the weather effects from Storm Chris on the United Kingdom remain to be seen.

The storm, once the second hurricane of 2018 in the Atlantic, weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday morning with 70 miles per hour winds.

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The hurricane has caused no coastal watches or warnings to come into effect, however weather authorities have warned anybody seeking to paddle out in the wake of Chris for recreation.

"What we have is pretty much a wet day today, and a wet and windy night tonight", Wanda Batten, meteorologist with Environment Canada, told the St. John's Morning Show Thursday. 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.

The rainy weather is then set to continue in Scotland on Monday and Tuesday and although this is also potential in North West, the uncertainty of the exact path of Storm Chris leaves this unclear.

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"What is likely to happen though as Chris crosses the Northern Atlantic waters is that the system will weaken and get caught up along a cold front that will be working east-northeastward towards Scotland".