Tropical Storm Chris develops hurricane qualities, but lacks windspeed


Tropical Storm Chris develops hurricane qualities, but lacks windspeed

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

Chris on Tuesday became the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic season.

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. Once it does that however, it's all downhill as Chris enters dramatically cooler waters off the Canadian coast.

Weather officials said in a release that the storm could produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip currents.

Models are in good agreement for Tropical Storm Chris to move quickly north-eastward through Wednesday as it gets caught in the flow of a shortwave trough.”.

Chris is located about 245 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and about 470 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 kph) with higher gusts.

The downgrade comes one day after Chris quickly escalated into a Category 2 storm packing 105 miles per hour winds.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned beachgoers on Monday to beware of risky 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.

Environment Canada updated its forecast early Thursday morning, with a warning that heavy rain, strong winds, significant waves and storm surges could hit coastal areas of the island on Thursday. There is a 50 percent chance it re-forms into a tropical system over the weekend as it tracks east in the Atlantic and away from land.