Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

Tropical storm Chris expected to become hurricane as it heads north

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

The National Hurricane Center officially upgraded the tropical system known as Chris to a Category 1 Hurricane Tuesday evening.

Everything is just right for Chris to turn into a hurricane while the storm leading it will never get listed in the hurricane archive.

At 5pm EDT, the heading on the advisory from the National Hurricane Center read "Chris finally becomes a hurricane while moving away from the United States".

“Chris is forecast to become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night or early Friday.”. Other than some rough seas along the East Coast, it poses no threat to the U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.

"Rip current danger is still high today, but by tomorrow, the storm will be dissipating in the North Atlantic and the danger will be easing up", said Gardner.

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"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. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Meanwhile, Beryl's tropical wave is bringing gusty wind and some heavy rain to Hispaniola and the Tucks and Caicos.

She told Daily Star Online: "Former Atlantic hurricanes can have a huge impact on the UK's weather, but it can be both positive and negative".

The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the center said.

If it does reform, it should stay well off the U.S. East Coast, AccuWeather said. Headed northeast at 10 mph, the eye of Hurricane Chris was located about 205 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It quickly fell apart before reaching Dominica over the weekend, but continues to bring in rain in the Caribbean islands.

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