Tropical Storm Chris expected to become hurricane later today

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane by Monday night, bringing dangerous rip currents and high surf off the coasts of North Carolina to Maine.

Chris was stalled off the coast of North Carolina Monday with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued an advisory saying the storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Monday night. Hurricane force winds range from 74 miles per hour until 110 miles per hour, when the storm then becomes classified as a major hurricane. 

Dennis Feltgen, a communications and public affairs officer for the NHC, told Newsweek that small-craft advisories have been issued along the coastline from the Carolinas to the Northeast.

An increasing heat dome of high pressure is responsible for trapping the tropical storm off the North Carolina coast, according to The Weather Channel. A dip in the jet stream will reportedly help move the storm out to sea.

While Chris remains off the coast, the NHC explained that there were dangers posed to those in the water near land, including life-threatening surf swells and rip currents.

A forecast released by the NHC predicted Chris will move up the coast toward Massachusetts by Thursday morning, reaching Nova Scotia on Friday before continuing north to Newfoundland, Canada.

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