• Beefier Tropical Storm Chris remains offshore; high swells, waves expected

    By: Irene Sans

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    Tropical Storm Chris continues to gain strength and could become a hurricane during the next 24 hours as it gains speed to the north-northeast.

    Drier air filtered in the mid-levels of the storm which prevented it from intensifying to hurricane on Monday. Chris is located about 215 miles south-southeast of the North Carolina outer banks.

    The storm is stationary becoming and better organized. Tropical storm force winds extend 70 miles from its center. It currently has 60 mph sustain winds, and it is forecast to reach hurricane (category 1) status by Tuesday. 

    The storm was investigated by Hurricane Hunters which did not find winds reaching hurricane status, maximum sustained winds found was of 49 mph and gust of 59 mph.This afternoon the system seem to be acquiring more definition and strength. 

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    The storm is forecast to remain over water throughout much of its trajectory, until mid-next week, when it could hit Newfoundland if it's still alive as a tropical (or extra-tropical) system.

    U.S. THREATS:
    Large waves, swells and high risk for rip current will be the main impact to much of the North Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coast this week, with the storm remaining well offshore. 

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