Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week

Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week

Chris formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and is now about 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

Weather conditions are expected to gradually improve on Tuesday.

Forecasters are also tracking Beryl, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend.

Chris is expected to begin moving late Tuesday to the northeast and pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

Beryl will bring a chance of tropical storm winds to the Lesser Antilles Monday before moving to the west.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm was likely to strengthen.

Dominica and Guadeloupe remain on tropical storm warning while Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten are on tropical storm watch.

They've issued a statement for all of Nova Scotia and parts of P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

There is a "moderate risk" of enhanced rip currents developing Monday at the beaches in central and southern New Jersey and southern DE, the National Weather Service said.


A number of beaches along the Outer Banks on Sunday are not open for swimmers.

At 6pm today, Chris was 571 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 52mph and higher gusts.

While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.

There were no coastal storm watches or warnings issued early Sunday and the storm was expected to meander off the Carolinas for the next few days.

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

Chris was upgraded from a tropical depression to a tropical storm on Sunday.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

The National Hurricane Center will still be watching this area of showers and thunderstorms as there is a 30% it could redevelop into a tropical system once it moves over the warmer waters near the Bahamas and the upper level wind shear relaxes later this week.

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