Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada

Federico Mansilla
Julio 11, 2018

It took it a few days, but Tropical Storm Chris strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday as it started to move away from the US coast.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned beachgoers on Monday to beware of unsafe rip currents after an unidentified man in his mid-60s drowned just north of Nags Head when he was caught in a rough surf current caused by the storm.

Chris will begin a northeastern course from late Tuesday off the U.S. Atlantic coast, the center said, adding that projections showed it possibly making landfall in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia late on Wednesday or early on Thursday. It was headed northeast at 10 miles per hour (16 kph).

The storm strengthened to a category 1 hurricane far off the North Carolina coast Tuesday afternoon.

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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. Local officials were preparing to deal with any minor flooding or overwash.

Storm swells generated by Chris will be hitting North Carolina and other mid-Atlantic states over the next few days. This means rough surf and risky rip currents.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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