Tropical Storm Chris about to lose its title

Tropical Storm Chris about to lose its title

High surf and risky rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days.

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.

As of 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the storm was about 315 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, moving northeast at about 22 mph.

Tropical Storm Chris, which has been lingering off the North Carolina coast for several days, has finally begun to move northward, as well as develop the qualities of a hurricane.

As Chris's winds increased to 85 miles per hour on Tuesday afternoon, the storm became the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, albeit only reaching Category 1 strength.

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RAC Vice President and Community Services Officer Doug Mercer, VO1DM, who is also IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator, urged Canadian radio amateurs continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. The reports are available in English at: National Hurricane Center and FEMA Daily Operations Briefing. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 miles per hour, and it will likely continue to strengthen through Wednesday morning.

"Hardest hit with wind will be the eastern edge of the Avalon, and hardest hit with precipitation is going to be basically just the isthmus and out as far as Terra Nova down to Connaigre", Batten said.

And rough seas churned up by Chris will continue to affect the East Coast of the United States from North Carolina northward into New England, the hurricane center said.

By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada. This means rough surf and risky rip currents.

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