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Hurricane Chris Strengthens, Stays Well off US Atlantic Coast

Hurricane Chris Strengthens, Stays Well off US Atlantic Coast

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Chris on July 11 at 2:17 a.m. EDT (0617 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light. The report is available in Spanish at: Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias.

Storm Chris, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, is strengthening around 245 miles (390 km) south-southeast off the coast of North Carolina in the US.

Storm Chris is set to hit the United Kingdom with gales, cooler temperatures and damper weather, threatening to end Britain's heatwave.

Environment Canada says the storm will steer clear of Nova Scotia and veer toward Newfoundland before it is downgraded to a post-tropical storm late Thursday.

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The hurricane has caused no coastal watches or warnings to come into effect, however weather authorities have warned anybody seeking to paddle out in the wake of Chris for recreation.

Chris was racing northeast at 35 miles per hour and was forecast to pass near or over extreme southeastern Newfoundland later today or tonight. Yesterday, 141 rescues were performed in Ocean City, Maryland, due to rough surf and unsafe rip currents. 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).

Chris will make for an angry ocean with high waves, pounding surf and storm surge a concern for southern parts of the island tonight, particularly during high tide. However, the intensity is being maintained at 60 knots for this advisory due to significant cold upwelling that has occurred beneath the cyclone when Chris was moving slowly during the previous 48 hours.


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