NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

Hurricane Chris was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday, after moving away from the United States toward Newfoundland, Canada, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Movement was northeast at 2 miles per hour, with a central pressure of 993 millibars or 29.33" of mercury. Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the USA coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Chris escalated quickly from a storm to a Category 2 hurricane in a matter of six hours on Tuesday and has become the second hurricane of the Atlantic season this year, according to Fox 5. Chris is forecast to become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night or early Friday.

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The swells generated by Chris could also cause could cause "life-threatening surf" conditions, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Rainfall warnings are in effect for most of southeastern Newfoundland with 80 millimetres anticipated.

The storm could bring as much as 6 inches of rain and localized flash flooding to Newfoundland, forecasters said.

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"We continue to monitor, but based on current forecasts we do not expect the storm to affect our offshore operations", ExxonMobil spokesman Merle MacIsaac said in an email, referring to the Sable project.

Although Hurricane Chris is headed towards Canada, it will still create severe weather for those on the U.S. East Coast. Chris had reached hurricane status in the mid-Atlantic for a period. Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles outward from the center while tropical storm force winds extend out 90 miles.

A minimum pressure of 980mb and sustained winds of 85mph were noted in and around the eye wall of Chris.

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Showers may linger into Thursday afternoon, with precipitation expected to decrease on Thursday night.

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