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Hurricane Chris to pass northwest of Bermuda

Hurricane Chris to pass northwest of Bermuda

Hurricane Chris is now about 205 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained maximum wind speeds of 85 mph extending at least 15 miles from the center. Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the USA coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Chris on July 11 at 2:17 a.m. EDT (0617 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light.

Although there are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, weather officials warned that Hurricane Chris could potentially produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip-currents along the East Coast in the coming days. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 kph) with higher gusts. Chris had reached hurricane status in the mid-Atlantic for a period.

Ms Thornton said the fate of the weather depends on the position of the jet stream - the winds blowing from west to east in the upper atmosphere.

TROPICAL STORM CHRIS: Chris has turned into an extratropical, or cold core, storm as it zips across the chilly North Atlantic Ocean into weekend.




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

Environment Canada updated its forecast early Thursday morning, with a warning that heavy rain, strong winds, significant waves and storm surges could hit coastal areas of the island on Thursday.

Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 hurricane season, and the third named storm of the season.

The disturbance is forecast to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the redevelopment.