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Hurricane Chris strengthens as it moves away from U.S.

It took a few days, but Tropical Storm Chris strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday as it started to move away from the U.S. coast. Hurricane Chris is the second named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Chris was located about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and was moving in a northeastern direction at 10 mph. The hurricane's path is expected to travel north towards Canada, just south of Nova Scotia. By the time it reaches that area, Chris is expected to be moving in excess of 25 mph.

There were no coastal watching or warnings in effect as of Tuesday afternoon, but the Category 1 hurricane could cause life-threatening surf conditions. The National Hurricane Center also advised interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.

Hurricane Chris forecast

As of the 5:00 p.m. advisory, winds had begun to increase to near 85 mph with higher gusts. The hurricane is expected to strengthen over the next two days. However by Thursday, it should begin to weaken and will likely become a strong post-tropical cyclone by early Friday.

Swells are expected to affect portions of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days. The National Hurricane Center advises the swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions over the next few days for some portions of the coast from North Carolina to some mid-Atlantic states.

Hurricane Chris tracker map

This graphic from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows the projected path of Hurricane Chris on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  NHC
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