Tropical Storm Chris, the third named storm of the season, is expected to become a hurricane off the Carolinas by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm continued to strengthen Sunday, but stagnated nearly 195 miles the coast of south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., according to a 11 p.m. advisory from the hurricane center. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour, and forecasters expect it to increase through Tuesday.
Chris will likely remain off the coast of the Carolinas for the next two or three days before heading toward the northeast Tuesday, according to the advisory.
It was not expected to pose a threat to the United States, but the storm could impact the east coast of Canada, according to the official weather agencies in both countries.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center’s forecast put the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in the probable path of the storm.
As of Sunday, the National Hurricane Center was projecting that Chris would approach the Atlantic Ocean waters off Nova Scotia by 2 a.m. Thursday. The likely path as of Sunday kept the center of the storm several hundred miles of the Nova Scotia coastline, but a portion of the so-called cone, which estimates a storm’s probable path, left open the possibility that Chris could make a direct hit on Nova Scotia.
That same cone had Chris or its remnants passing over Newfoundland by 2 a.m. Friday as a post-tropical storm.Canada’s official government weather agency, Environment Canada, said in a tropical cyclone statement that Chris could be on an approach toward Nova Scotia.
“By late Tuesday or early Wednesday this storm could attain hurricane status,” said the statement, issued Sunday. “At this time it appears this storm could approach Nova Scotia by Thursday, likely weakening slightly as it does so. It has to be noted that there is a good deal of uncertainty at this time in the forecast track and intensity of this system.”
The areas covered by the Environment Canada statement include the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, according to data collected by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft.
Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states early in the week. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, forecasters warn.