Chris strengthens to a category 1 hurricane far off North Carolina coast

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

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.

Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC, U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC.

Cove warns that heavy surf and increased risk of rip and lateral currents won't offer good conditions for beginning surfers or swimmers at Lawrencetown Beach on Thursday and Friday morning.

Storm Chris could hit these shores and have an impact on the north of England and Scotland over the weekend, with the potential for heavy downpours and thundery showers caused by what will be an ex-hurricane by the time it hits the UK. It was headed northeast at 10 miles per hour (16 kph).

Interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.

The tropics stay active out over the Open Atlantic with Chris a category 2 hurricane and Beryl's remnants trying to reorganize near the Bahamas but both system will stay east of the United States.

It also issued a flash-flood watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands through Monday evening.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.

A study released in May estimated the death toll from Maria was about 4,645 - not the 64 long pegged by the island's government as the official death toll - which would make it one of the deadliest natural disasters in USA history.