Near miss for Nova Scotia from tropical storm Chris

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Chris as of Tuesday moring. Via

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Chris as of Tuesday moring. Via

Chris was upgraded to a Hurricane as of the Tuesday afternoon advisory from the Hurricane Center.

“Chris is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane later today and some additional strengthening is expected through Wednesday night.

While Chris is moving away from the US, some swells are expected to affect portions of the coast from North Carolina to New England.

Aqua also found strength in large, fragmented bands of thunderstorms north and east of the center with cloud top temperatures as cold as -63 degrees, NASA said. The storm was about 570 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Wednesday.

Chris is still expected to be labeled a hurricane, but it is not projected to make landfall in the United States.

Environment Canada says the storm will steer clear of Nova Scotia and veer toward Newfoundland before it is downgraded to a post-tropical storm late Thursday.

Chris was racing northeast at 35 miles per hour and was forecast to pass near or over extreme southeastern Newfoundland later today or tonight. Atlantic Canada residents are being warned these conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Hurricane Chris is unlikely to strike land, though NHC forecasters say it will become a "powerful extratropical cyclone" on its way to Newfoundland, bringing unsafe conditions all the same. And Beryl's remnants continue to struggle to re-organize.

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.

The BWS said Chris was “unlikely to have significant impact on the island, with moderate to strong winds and swells of up to 9ft expected as it passes”.

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