Hurricane Chris strengthens on way to Newfoundland

The Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm Chris

The Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm Chris.- Contributed

Tropical Storm Chris is predicted to become a hurricane by this afternoon, according to the Bermuda Weather Service.

It looks like the UK's heatwave is set to come to an end as the remnants of a powerful hurricane swirling along the USA east coast is due to hit Britain.

Environment Canada says a special weather statement will be issued today for potentially heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surges in southeastern Newfoundland. When that happens it will be called a post-tropical storm.

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Dry air will also wrap into higher latitude systems as seen by the yellow colors spiraling into the non-tropical cyclone northeast of Chris.

Chris on Tuesday became the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic season. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

The good news here is that the forecast track for Chris remains largely unchanged since last night. Chris is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75 millimeters) over Newfoundland, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches (150 millimeters). So be aware of the possibility of flash flooding. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 kph) with higher gusts. It is forecast to strengthen as it meanders off the Carolinas coast on Tuesday.

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He told Daily Star Online: "There is a good chance that the remains of Chris, which is likely to become a hurricane over the next 12 hours, will approach the United Kingdom between Sunday and Monday".

Chris is located about 245 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and about 470 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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