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Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

11 July 2018

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. The National Hurricane Center also advised interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply.

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Along the North Carolina coast, rip currents and heavy surf continue to be the main threats from this storm. Still, the storm is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane later Tuesday as it moves into warmer waters.

IMPACTS FROM CHRISWhile Chris won't bring us any direct impacts, swells generated by the storm will affect coastal portions of the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states for a few more days.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned beachgoers on Monday to beware of unsafe rip currents after an unidentified man in his mid-60s drowned in rough surf just north of Nags Head when he was caught in a rough surf current caused by the storm. Please consult products from your local weather office. Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean