TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean

A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9

A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9

Hurricane Chris is moving at 22 miles per hour and is expected to continue picking up speed for several days, and the National Hurricane Center named it a Category 2 storm.

It might strengthen even more Wednesday afternoon and get close to Category 3 hurricane - marked by 111 miles per hour sustained winds.

The system is located just east of the Bahamas and is expected to move north over the Atlantic.

According to weather forecasters, Hurricane Chris is expected to gain strength throughout Wednesday before weakening Thursday as it heads out to sea and away from US coastal areas.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras.

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

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Models are in good agreement for Tropical Storm Chris to move quickly north-eastward through Wednesday as it gets caught in the flow of a shortwave trough.”.

According to Environment Canada update on Wednesday morning, the storm was still forecasted to pass well south of Nova Scotia on Thursday.

On Friday Beryl became the first hurricane of this Atlantic season before weakening.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts. And while it is expected to remain well off-shore, unsafe rip currents are impacting the Jersey Shore and Long Island.

"We continue to monitor, but based on current forecasts we do not expect the storm to affect our offshore operations", ExxonMobil spokesman Merle MacIsaac said in an email, referring to the Sable project. This means rough surf and risky rip currents.

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