Sunday, September 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Chris quickly strengthens, generates dangerous surf on path to Canada

The second hurricane of the 2018 season has quickly strengthened into a Category 2 storm that is moving away from the U.S. but making a bee-line toward Canada and, eventually, Iceland.

As of Wednesday at 5 a.m., Hurricane Chris was situated about 315 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It now has 105 mph winds, with higher gusts, and moving quickly northwest at 22 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The storm will generate dangerous surf conditions and life-threatening rip currents along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts the next few days as it continues to speed away from the U.S., forecasters said.

Chris is forecast to strengthen slightly in the next 24 hours before weakening and becoming a strong post-tropical cyclone over the colder Atlantic waters, forecasters said.

On its current path, forecasters said the storm could clip Newfoundland, producing as much as 6 inches of rain and possible flash flooding before heading northeast and possibly targeting Iceland.

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