Hurricane Chris to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Newfoundland

14 July, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Tropical storm Chris expected to become hurricane as it heads north

The swells generated by Chris could also cause could cause "life-threatening surf" conditions, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm, which took on an eye feature early in the afternoon hours, suggesting Chris had strengthened even before official pressure and wind measurements were sampled.

Hurricanes reach Category 2 strength when their winds attain a sustained force of 96 to 110mph.

The National Hurricane Centre confirmed this change in a tweet which said: "Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, after hurricane Beryl".

Chris is expected to be a post-tropical storm by the time it arrives Thursday, slowly weakening as it moves toward the Avalon Peninsula. The hurricane center gives the storm a 50 percent chance of regenerating into a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

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The storm could bring as much as 6 inches of rain and localized flash flooding to Newfoundland, forecasters said. Amateur Radio operators are encouraged to monitor local repeaters and IARU Center of Activity frequencies, and in the affected area, to provide updates to the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz.

Hurricane Hunters will fly over the weather system Wednesday for further assessment.

The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts. Its center will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night. While it will stay well offshore, rough surf and rip currents remain likely along the middle and upper East Coast.

There are concerns about rip currents today and tomorrow for anyone planning to head to the beach as Hurricane Chris churns off the East Coast.

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