NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

Beryl the last white mass of clouds slightly up and right of center passing into the Caribbean early Monday morning

TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean

So in the satellite above, the hole in the middle of the clouds is the center of Tropical Storm Chris, which is about to become a hurricane. Toward the weekend, it may hit Newfoundland as a tropical storm.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft was scheduled to investigate the disturbance Wednesday afternoon, if necessary.

A hurricane across the Atlantic may "influence" Britain's hot weather possibly bringing wind and rain next week.

"As it tracks towards Newfoundland, it will diminish from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm, but it will still be very strong, and it will still be a significant storm at that point", Hubbard said in an interview from Halifax.

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

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.

At 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Miami said the storm was about 205 miles (330 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph). It could strengthen to a category 1 hurricane by early Wednesday morning, but is not expected to make landfall anywhere in the U.S.

"A continued northeastward motion accompanied by a steady increase in forward speed is expected through Thursday night.", forecasters said.

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