Hurricane Chris, the second of this years season, has attained Category 2 strength and is headed to the North Atlantic from a position northwest of the island.
It was headed northeast at 22 miles per hour, on track to brush past Canada's easternmost province and then hit Iceland this weekend. It is believed that Hurricane Chris may clip Newfoundland, Canada, later in the week, USA Today reports.
As of 5 p.m. the hurricane continued to churn just over 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina and move in a northeasterly direction. AccuWeather reports that a man in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina died after he ignored "No Swimming" signs posted along the beach and encountered rough surf. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.
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Storm Chris has now been upgraded to a hurricane and is set to hit the United Kingdom with gales and damper weather. Storms with cloud top temperatures that cold have the capability to produce heavy rainfall. As fires burn, three states from Nevada to Colorado to New Mexico are under flash flood watches. Chris will continue to gain speed and reach the Canadian province of Newfoundland late Thursday and will pass near Iceland this weekend. It is forecast to strengthen as it meanders off the Carolinas coast on Tuesday. It was moving 35 miles per hour toward the northeast, the NHC's 5 a.m. EDT advisory said.
"All operators continue to monitor forecasted weather and sea-state conditions, and are implementing precautionary measures as required", according to a bulletin from the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.