No surprises with Tropical Storm Chris

Tropical Storm Chris approaches hurricane status

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Hurricane Chris now has a maximum sustained wind of 85 miles per hour and is moving northeast at 10 miles per hour.

The national weather forecaster says the storm is now off the coast of Carolina and is expected to begin moving northeast later today.

The National Hurricane Center also advised interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

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It was expected to gain strength Tuesday and Wednesday before weakening Thursday. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical systems are capable of becoming much stronger than higher latitude storms called cyclones because tropical cyclones convert warm ocean water into energy which strengthens the warm core in a hurricanes eye.

By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada.

This graphic from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows the projected path of Hurricane Chris on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

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