Tropical Storm Chris reaches hurricane strength in Atlantic

A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9

The storm is expected to track south of Nova Scotia at hurricane strength on Thursday, and is then expected to make landfall in southeastern Newfoundland on Friday as a post-tropical storm.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service said they expected Chris to create a moderate, or elevated, risk of unsafe rip currents forming along the entire Jersey Shore on Wednesday, from Sandy Hook down to Cape May.

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts.


- Tropical Storm Chris gained hurricane status Tuesday afternoon. Local officials were preparing to deal with any minor flooding or overwash. Still, the storm is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane later Tuesday as it moves into warmer waters.

Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC, U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the centre added.

With Chris likely to become a hurricane, it would be the second such system during the 2018 Atlantic season.

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