Storm Chris: Upgraded to HURRICANE | Weather | News

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Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 storm season and it looks like it could become even more dangerous.

It is predicted to get stronger through Wednesday morning but could weaken by Wednesday evening and eventually become a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday evening.

Hurricane Chris is likely to avoid landfall in America but could make an appearance in Canada later in the week.

Tropical Storm Chris formed off the North Carolina coast on Sunday morning after starting as a Tropical Depression 3.

Chris began a northeastern course from late Tuesday off the US Atlantic coast.

Projections showed it possibly making landfall in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland late on Wednesday or early on Thursday.

A southward dip in the jet stream moving into the northeastern states will help usher Chris further out to sea over the next few days.

The storm is unlikely to make landfall in the US and will remain off the US east coast.

However, it could still create some problems in the eastern states by causing dangerous swell and tides, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

The NHC said: “Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.

“These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

Chris could also pose a threat to the UK heatwave, possibly bringing some rain and winds to Britain over the weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “The remnants of Storm Chris could move across the Atlantic and get caught up in different weather systems.

“Much of the week is going to be dry and fine, it will be a bit cooler.

“But towards the end of Sunday and into Monday we are likely to see more changeable weather on the way.”

She added: “The weather we will be seeing after Chris is not particularly windy, but we could see rain moving in from the west.

2018-07-11 04:56:00

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