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Hurricane Chris, a Category 2 Storm Now, Won't Visit US?

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:23 AM

Hurricane Chris, a category 2 storm now, was churning away from the Mid-Atlantic coast on Tuesday and isn't expected to make landfall in the mainland U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.

Chris was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and was about 245 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tuesday evening, the NHC said in its latest advisory at 11 p.m. EDT.

The hurricane was moving toward the northeast at 10 mph, the NHC said.

The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday on, the center said.

Storm swells generated by Chris will be hitting North Carolina and other mid-Atlantic states over the next few days. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the center said.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned beachgoers on Monday to beware of dangerous rip currents after an unidentified man in his mid-60s drowned just north of the town of Nags Head, near Cape Hatteras, when he was caught in a rough surf current caused by the storm.

Chris was expected to remain well off the U.S. coast, the NHC said, adding on its current forecast track, the center of Chris will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night.

The storm was forecasted to dump as much as 6 inches of rain over parts of Newfoundland, which could cause flash flooding, it said.

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Hurricane Chris, a category 2 storm now, was churning away from the Mid-Atlantic coast on Tuesday and isn't expected to make landfall in the U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.
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