Hurricane Chris forms off East Coast

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Chris has become the second hurricane of the 2018 season, but it will continue to pull moisture away from Florida.

The US National Hurricane Centre yesterday said the Chris was headed towards the northeast at about 2mph, with the storm forecast to pick up speed.

The Category 2 storm, which was churning out winds in excess of 155 kilometres per hour, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday before possibly making landfall in eastern Newfoundland later in the day.

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. "A further increase in forward speed is expected as a strong deep-layer trough digs southeastward along the USA east coast, accelerating the cyclone at forward speeds of 25-30 kt by 48 hours and beyond", according to the NHC.

The system is expected to bring swells on the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states.

The National Hurricane Center noted at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Chris was located near latitude 36.4 degrees north and longitude 67.8 degrees west.

By late week, Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of Atlantic Canada.

The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.

However, this doesn't mean that the weather conditions in the United Kingdom won't be impacted by Storm Chris, as wet and windy weather conditions are now expected.

Rainfall and wind warnings also remained in effect, with gusts up to 110 km/h and up to 80 mm of rain possible for southeastern Newfoundland. The storm should start to transition into an extra-tropical but still powerful storm system later Thursday and Thursday night as it approaches the southeast coast of Newfoundland.