Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Chris as of Tuesday moring. Via

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Chris as of Tuesday moring. Via

The National Hurricane Center officially upgraded the tropical system known as Chris to a Category 1 Hurricane Tuesday evening.

Hurricane Chris (right) continues to spin out to sea on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Chris was moving toward the northeast near 2 miles per hour (4 kph), and a faster northeastward motion is expected today and tonight. It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the USA coast, forecasters say, instead steadily heading for Newfoundland while picking up forward speed through Thursday night.

Many North Carolina beaches were closed to swimming on Monday due to heavy surf and unsafe rip currents, according to a statement from the governor's office.

But it added: “Once Chris is north of Bermuda, as the surface ridge of high pressure starts to decline, a trailing cold front associated with TS Chris will move across during Wednesday night and Thursday.”.

"While some heavy rain is possible, especially across the northwest of the United Kingdom, it may be more welcome than usual, given the prolonged dry spell".

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Beryl, which was the first hurricane for the Atlantic season, formed on Friday. 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.

THE REMNANTS OF BERYL: The remnants of Hurricane Beryl will produce loosely organized thunderstorms between the Bahamas and Bermuda Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers).

Although Chris may no longer be a hurricane, the storm could still have a significant impact on weather both on the East Coast and Canada as it races across the Atlantic and toward Canada.

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

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