Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

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

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

Tropical Storm Chris was expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and create unsafe swells along the coast of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was almost stationary early on Tuesday as it churned about 200 miles (322 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Weather officials said in a release that the storm could produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip currents.

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A hurricane across the Atlantic may "influence" Britain's hot weather possibly bringing wind and rain next week. "However, the disturbance is expected to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week".

Environment Canada says given the storm's existing track, the strongest winds are expected to be over Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.

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Leeds could see some showers this afternoon as the United Kingdom prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Chris over the weekend.

Big waves from a hurricane are rare in July in Nova Scotia, said Pete Cove, general manager of the East Coast Surf School.

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