Chris becomes second hurricane of Atlantic season

TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean

TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean

ExxonMobil removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms Wednesday as hurricane Chris advanced toward Atlantic Canada.

The National Hurricane Centre confirmed this change in a tweet which said: "Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, after hurricane Beryl".

Forecasters warn Hurricane Chris will bring cool air and rain to the United Kingdom after sweeping across the Atlantic with winds of up to 105mph.

Chris was speeding northeastward in the Atlantic and is expected to continue to weaken and lose its tropical features. Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the US coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close watch on Hurricane Chris. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 kph) with higher gusts. It had winds of 90 miles per hour, the Hurricane Center said.

Post-tropical storm Chris barreled towards Newfoundland Thursday, bringing powerful winds, heavy downpours and pounding surf.

The storm was forecasted to dump as much as 6 inches (150 millimeters) of rain over parts of Newfoundland, which could cause flash flooding, it said.

Southeastern winds will increase and gust to roughly 80km/h overnight Thursday before switching over to northwesterly gusts of 70 km/h by Friday morning. There is a 20% chance for the system to become a tropical depression within two days and only a 30% chance for it to do so in five days.

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