The Atlantic hurricane season’s third named storm has developed off the coast of the Carolinas as of Sunday morning. Tropical Storm Chris first developed into a tropical depression on Friday and has since slowly strengthened into a tropical storm.
Chris is not expected to develop quickly, but could still manage to strengthen into a hurricane by midweek. At this point the upper-level wind flow would help usher the storm off to the northeast and out to sea.
Chris will primarily bring impacts to the East coast from Georgia through the Mid-Atlantic, with enhanced rainfall and rough seas. Small craft advisories and rip current statements have been issued for the coast of North Carolina..
Below is additional information from the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Chris Advisory Number 7…Corrected
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032018
500 AM EDT Sun Jul 08 2018
Corrected wording in hazards section
…DEPRESSION BECOMES TROPICAL STORM CHRIS…
…FURTHER STRENGTHENING IS LIKELY WHILE IT MEANDERS OFF THE
SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 150 MI…245 KM S OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1010 MB…29.83 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Interests along the coast of North Carolina should monitor the
progress of this system.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Chris was
located by an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft near
latitude 33.0 North, longitude 75.5 West. Chris is forecast to
meander off the coast of the Carolinas for the next several days.
An acceleration toward the northeast is expected to begin on
Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that
the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h)
with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Chris
is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km)
from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure from reconnaissance data is
1010 mb (29.83 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect
portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states
into early next week. These swells could cause life-threatening
surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your
local weather office.
WIND: Winds to gale force not directly associated with Chris are
expected along the North Carolina coast and over Pamlico and
Albemarle Sounds during the next day or so.