Chris strengthens into a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina
Tropical Storm Chris intensified into a hurricane off the east coast of the United States Tuesday afternoon, becoming the second hurricane of the year in the Atlantic tropical basin. Chris is well offshore and based on the current forecast track should pose no threat to the U.S. coast other than bringing some dangerous surf conditions to the beaches.
As of 4pm central time Hurricane Chris had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The center of the storm is located about 205 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Hurricane Chris is tracking northeast at around 10 mph. The minimum central pressure has fallen to 980 millibars.
Chris is expected to get a little stronger in the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are forecast to increase to around 100 mph Tuesday night which would make it a Category 2 hurricane. By Thursday Chris is expected to merge with a cold front and lose it's tropical characteristics. Despite that, it is still expected to bring strong winds and high seas to parts of eastern Canada.
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