Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore


As of Wednesday morning, Chris, located off the eastern United States seaboard north of the Carolinas, is a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

"Movement was northeast at 2 miles per hour, with a central pressure of 993 millibars or 29.33" of mercury.

'Tropical storm Chris is predicted to become a hurricane and move north over the next few days.

By the time Chris wafts pass Nova Scotia, which is farther from the projected path of the hurricane than Newfoundland, local expert surfers may be tempted to hit the waves, as the weather forecast predicts an otherwise sunny day.

Hurricane Chris continues to be a solid Category 2 late Wednesday morning after rapidly intensifying last night. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the storm will accelerate to the northeast Wednesday before moving over colder water in the North Atlantic and weakening. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 kph) with higher gusts.

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Although there are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, weather officials warned that Hurricane Chris could potentially produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip-currents along the East Coast in the coming days.

RAC Vice President and Community Services Officer Doug Mercer, VO1DM, who is also IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator, urged Canadian radio amateurs continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Oil and gas companies operating in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore weren't expecting any significant impact to their operations as a result of post-tropical storm Chris. Yesterday, 141 rescues were performed in Ocean City, Maryland, due to rough surf and unsafe rip currents.

The storm was expected to produce 1 inch to 3 inches of rain over Newfoundland as it headed northeast, with possible isolated accumulations of 6 inches.