Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore along East Coast

The Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm Chris

Chris was moving toward the northeast near 22 miles per hour (35 kph). The storm was about 570 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Wednesday. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

While Chris is moving away from the USA, some swells are expected to affect portions of the coast from North Carolina to New England.

At least four people have drowned at the Jersey Shore this month, but it is not yet clear how many involved rip currents.

Hours after being downgraded to a tropical storm, Chris was declared a post-tropical cyclone over the colder Atlantic waters as of Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

Forecasters have warned that Hurricane Chris will finally bring colder air and rain to the United Kingdom, after sweeping across the Atlantic with winds of up to 105mph. It's unusually early for a second hurricane to form: On average, that does not occur until later in the summer, around August 28, according to the hurricane center.

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'(By the weekend) Chris is likely to join the jet stream and its remnants are likely to be carried towards the UK.

- After churning off the coast for a few days, Chris was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday as it began to move out to sea. "A further increase in forward speed is expected as a strong deep-layer trough digs southeastward along the USA east coast, accelerating the cyclone at forward speeds of 25-30 kt by 48 hours and beyond", according to the NHC. High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days.

With a storm of this type, the heaviest rains are usually felt on the western side of the system, while the strongest wind and wave activity is felt on the eastern side.

Just like Chris, rough seas from Beryl would lead to unsafe beach conditions along the East Coast by the weekend.

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