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.
Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm, which took on an eye feature early in the afternoon hours, suggesting Chris had strengthened even before official pressure and wind measurements were sampled.
Hurricane Chris, the second of this years season, has attained Category 2 strength and is headed to the North Atlantic from a position northwest of the island.
Offshore Nova Scotia operators ExxonMobil and BP are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Chris in the region.
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Tropical Storm Chris is tracking over much colder waters north of the Gulf stream and will continue to weaken today, making the transition to a post-tropical storm this afternoon as it approaches Eastern Newfoundland. When the storm reaches Newfoundland, it will bring heavy rains totaling one to three inches with isolated maximum amounts of six inches, posing the risk of flash flooding. As of Tuesday evening, Chris was a Category 1 Hurricane with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and gusts to 105 miles per hour. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.
Rip currents are possible for beaches from ME to the Carolinas, the National Weather Service said.
Rainfall warnings are in effect for most of southeastern Newfoundland with 80 millimetres anticipated. "A further increase in forward speed is expected as a strong deep-layer trough digs southeastward along the US east coast, accelerating the cyclone at forward speeds of 25-30 kt by 48 hours and beyond", according to the NHC. Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the US coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.
At 6am, Chris was 530 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 70mph and higher gusts.