Tracking Tropical Storm Chris: Forms off the Carolina coast Sunday morning

Tracking Tropical Storm Chris: Forms off the Carolina coast Sunday morning
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Trouble in the Tropics: Tracking Tropical Storm Chris, forming off the coast of the Carolinas and expected to strengthen next week

Sunday, July 8 Update:

Most of our focus in the tropics has been on what is now Tropical Storm Beryl approaching the Caribbean, but we now have another active storm, one that is just off the coast of the Carolinas.

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Early Sunday morning, a disturbance off the coast of the Carolinas has strengthened into what is now being called Tropical Storm Chris, the third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Chris currently has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is currently sitting still off the coast.

Chris does not pose a threat for landfall over the east coast but does appear to strengthen over the next week. In doing so, Chris will likely become a hurricane and head northeast, away from the coast during the midweek.

While this system does not pose any immediate threats for the east coast, swells in the ocean will increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Winds not directly associated with Chris will pick up, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour being possible over the next few days along the North Carolina Coast.