Tropical Storm Chris Brewing Off N.C. Coast
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10:52AM

Chris, the third storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, was named Sunday morning as it gained strength off the coast of the Carolinas. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

The storm, 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, packs maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It is nearly stationary, and little movement is expected through Tuesday. As a result, it is forecast to continue generating life-threatening waves and rip currents for the Mid-Atlantic beaches. A man died in the rough surf in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., on Saturday, when Chris was still a tropical depression.

As the storm is positioned over very warm ocean waters, it is forecast to steadily strengthen over the next 72 hours and become a hurricane between Tuesday and Wednesday.

At that point, a cold front should absorb Chris and rapidly sweep it to the north-northeast toward Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. It should gradually weaken as it moves over cooler water.

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