Hurricane Chris off the North Carolina coast

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It appears the remnants of Beryl will follow in the tracks of Hurricane Chris. (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., July 10, 2018–Tropical Storm Chris has been upgraded to a hurricane.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate Chris has finally attained hurricane status, making it the second hurricane thus far this season, which is ahead of climatology by more than six weeks, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph with higher gusts.

Some additional strengthening is forecast tonight and Wednesday with winds reaching 100 mph.

Chris is forecast to begin weakening by Thursday and become a strong post-tropical storm by Thursday night or early Friday.

The remnants of Beryl are expected to move west-northwest across the rest of Hispaniola today and over the southeastern Bahamas this evening.

Little development is expected during the next day or so due to land interaction and wind shear.

However, the disturbance is expected to turn northward over the western Atlantic Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the regeneration of a tropical storm later this week.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Wednesday afternoon, if necessary.

Beryl’s formation chance through the next five days is 50 percent.

National Hurricane Center forecast

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