Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its top sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour (120 kph).

With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, Chris is about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., according to the 5 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Chris was expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and create unsafe swells along the coast of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center said.

By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada.

Tropical systems are capable of becoming much stronger than higher latitude storms called cyclones because tropical cyclones convert warm ocean water into energy which strengthens the warm core in a hurricanes eye.

On Monday, the weather service issued issued a statement for Nova Scotia and parts of P.E.I. and New Brunswick, saying they could be in the path of a tropical storm that formed off the US coast Sunday morning.

Beryl is mostly an open tropical wave with no closed low-level center of circulation. It quickly fell apart before reaching Dominica over the weekend, but continues to bring in rain in the Caribbean islands.

Little development is expected during the next day. Regardless, models at this time suggest it would stay out to sea.

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