Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

Beryl the last white mass of clouds slightly up and right of center passing into the Caribbean early Monday morning

At 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Miami said Chris was centered about 440 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its top sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour (120 kph).

Forecasters warn Hurricane Chris will bring cool air and rain to the United Kingdom after sweeping across the Atlantic with winds of up to 105mph.

Tropical storm Chris is expected to swing south of Nova Scotia at hurricane strength later this week before making landfall in Newfoundland as a "very strong" post-tropical storm, a meteorologist warned Tuesday.

He said they typically have about 150 people at the combined facilities, with about 90 personnel remaining offshore after the removals.

The US National Hurricane Centre yesterday said the Chris was headed towards the northeast at about 2mph, with the storm forecast to pick up speed.

The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the center said. Remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl continued to be a rainmaker in the Caribbean, affecting the Dominican Republic and Haiti as well as Western Cuba, the NHC said.

IMPACTS FROM CHRISWhile Chris won't bring us any direct impacts, swells generated by the storm will affect coastal portions of the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states for a few more days.

Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring unsafe rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week. On the forecast track, the center of Chris will pass over or near extreme southeastern Newfoundland Thursday evening.

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