Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic

Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Chris is now tracking the East Coast of the USA and is set to cross the Atlantic to the UK.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. It might strengthen even more Wednesday afternoon and get close to Category 3 hurricane - marked by 111 miles per hour sustained winds.

Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the US coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

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 USA, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm could bring heavy rain, high winds and some storm surge to parts of Newfoundland, according to Environment Canada.

ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada.

Chris strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane on Tuesday.

It's far enough out in the ocean that there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The center has downgraded Chris to a Category 1 storm. The National Hurricane Center gauges its redevelopment odds at 50% within the next five days.

Many North Carolina beaches were closed to swimming on Monday due to heavy surf and unsafe rip currents, according to a statement from the governor's office. However by Thursday, it should begin to weaken and will likely become a strong post-tropical cyclone by early Friday. The remnants of Beryl could regenerate in the Bahamas later in the week, but that system too will follow a northeast path and is not expected to impact the east coast.

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