TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean

Cristina Cross
July 14, 2018

It was headed northeast at 22 miles per hour (35 kph), on track to brush past Canada's easternmost province and then hit Iceland this weekend.

Hurricane Chris is weakening but moving faster at 25 miles per hour and is expected to continue picking up speed for several days, the National Hurricane Center.

At 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami upgraded Chris from a tropical storm to a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reached 85 miles per hour.

Despite the appearance of a hurricane, Chris was lacking in one important factor - windspeed.

Chris is still expected to be labeled a hurricane, but it is not projected to make landfall in the United States.

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Environment Canada says a special weather statement will be issued today for potentially heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surges in southeastern Newfoundland. This is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

Chris' forecast track brings the hurricane near Newfoundland, Canada.

If the storm hits as expected, there could be some damage to coastal infrastructure, and potential flooding, especially on the southern Avalon. Up to 3 inches of rain will be possible for southeast Newfoundland, with isolated areas possibly getting up to 6 inches, according to the hurricane center.

It was expected to gain strength Tuesday and Wednesday before weakening Thursday.

Hurricane Chris is forecast to continue on a northeast path parallel to the US Coastline before slowly deteriorating in the colder waters of the Atlantic.

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