UPDATE: At 11 p.m., Chris has rapidly strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane with maximum winds of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It’s about 245 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving northeast at 10 mph.
Additional strengthening is likely tonight and Wednesday morning, forecasters say. After that, Chris is forecast to begin weakening Wednesday night, and the system is expected to become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night.
Meanwhile, The remnants of Beryl are producing gusty winds and locally heavy rain from Hispaniola and southeastern Cuba northeastward across the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos into the adjacent Atlantic waters.
Little development is expected tonight due to unfavorable upper-level winds. However, the disturbance is expected to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday, where upper-level winds could become more conducive for the regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Wednesday afternoon, if necessary.
UPDATE: Hurricane Chris has formed off the coast of North Carolina.
Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 storm season.
As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Chris had 85 mph winds. It is expected to top out at 100 mph before going post-tropical within 48 hours.
Chris is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. It is moving northeast at 10 mph and should stay on that track away from the coast.
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Chris, which is 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, had 70 mph winds this morning as of the 5 a.m. advisory and is forecast to reach 80 mph – a Category 1 hurricane – within 12 hours.
There are no coastal watches or warnings with Chris, but the National Hurricane Center is advising coastal North Carolina to keep an eye on the meandering storm. It is nearly stationary, moving northeast at just 2 mph.
For South Florida, Chris is already pushing in higher seas with the National Weather Service targeting Palm Beach County for the potential of rip currents worthy of caution. A moderate risk of rip currents is in the forecast through mid-week.
Hurricane hunters overnight identified a 25-nautical mile wide eye in Chris, despite the lack of hurricane-force winds.
Chris is not expected to make landfall in the U.S., instead heading northeastward off the coast steered by a trough dipping into the northeast from Canada.
According to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach, the Atlantic basin has had two or more hurricanes by July 10 three times in satellite era (since 1966). Those years were 1966, 1968 and 2005.
While 1966 was active and 2005 was the hyperactive season that brought Wilma to Florida, 1968 was quiet, Klotzbach said.