Tropical Depression 3 is expected to become Tropical Storm Chris this weekend and could reach hurricane strength next week.
The third tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed a few hundred miles off the North Carolina coast Friday afternoon. Despite it's proximity to the coast there are no watches or warnings in effect at this time.
As of 4pm Friday, maximum sustained winds with the depression are 30 mph. The depression is moving to the north-northwest around 5mph.
Tropical Depression 3 is expected to have favorable conditions for additional development over the weekend and is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm Saturday. Once it reaches that intensity it will be named Chris.
The storm is expected to meander well offshore of the coast of North Carolina through Monday and it could reach hurricane strength by Tuesday.
Tropical Depression 3 is the second tropical system in the Atlantic right now joining Hurricane Beryl which lies well east of the Lesser Antilles on the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. Neither system is an immediate threat to land.
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