Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9 A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9
Sandy Nunez | 11 July, 2018, 12:26

High surf and risky rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC, U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said that tropical storm Chris, which is building on the United States east coast and is predicted to become a hurricane, "will influence the weather but we can not tell what that influence will be at the moment because it is still developing".

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The storm was almost stationary early on Tuesday as it churned about 200 miles (322 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply. Even if it doesn't strengthen back into a tropical storm, forecasters said winds and rain could be expected in Hispaniola and the Bahamas.

Storm Chris could hit these shores and have an impact on the north of England and Scotland over the weekend, with the potential for heavy downpours and thundery showers caused by what will be an ex-hurricane by the time it hits the UK. The track is expected to stay out to sea - but may send some high surf and risky rip currents in our direction over the coming days. Local officials were advised to monitor the storm's movement.