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Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

13 Juillet 2018

Chris is centered about 315 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

The US National Hurricane Centre yesterday said the Chris was headed towards the northeast at about 2mph, with the storm forecast to pick up speed.

It looks like the UK's heatwave is set to come to an end as the remnants of a powerful hurricane swirling along the U.S. east coast is due to hit Britain.

There is also the risk of heavy showers on Thursday with Storm Chris - the Tropical storm which has now been upgraded to a hurricane - set to batter the United Kingdom over the weekend and in the early part of next week. It might strengthen even more Wednesday afternoon and get close to Category 3 hurricane - marked by 111 miles per hour sustained winds.

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. Up to 3 inches of rain will be possible for southeast Newfoundland, with isolated areas possibly getting up to 6 inches, according to the hurricane center.

Chris' forecast track brings the hurricane near Newfoundland, Canada.

"What we have is pretty much a wet day today, and a wet and windy night tonight", Wanda Batten, meteorologist with Environment Canada, told the St. John's Morning Show Thursday.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with higher gusts".

Wind warnings are in effect for the southeastern half of the Avalon Peninsula, which could see southerly wind gusts up to 100 km/h Thursday evening.

Hurricane Chris, now a Category 1 storm, continues to churn up the surf along the Eastern seaboard.

Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean