Chris strengthens to a category 1 hurricane far off North Carolina coast

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Chris as of Tuesday moring. Via

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

"Literally nobody on the East Coast will have a direct impact", Osterberg explained, warning that it could still cause high and life-threatening surf along the coast of the Carolinas and New England. Eye formation is typically an indication of winds reaching the minimum hurricane threshold at 74 miles per hour.

An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly over Chris Tuesday afternoon.

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The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts. The system is expected to move over the southeastern Bahamas later Tuesday but should not develop much over the next day or so, the hurricane center predicted. Local officials were advised to monitor the storm's movement.

Storm swells generated by Chris will be hitting North Carolina and other mid-Atlantic states over the next few days. A Rip Current Statement was issued for the Outer Banks. Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada.

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