Chris Weakens to Tropical Storm, Island Braces for Heavy Rain Tonight


Hurricane Chris appeared to pose for the NASA's Aqua Satellite Wednesday after the spacecraft passed over the Eastern seaboard to take an infrared snapshot of the storm, the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center said.

Wednesday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Chris sustaining 100 miles per hour winds, only 5 miles per hour slower than early Wednesday morning.

Chris is expected to be a post-tropical storm by the time it arrives Thursday, slowly weakening as it moves toward the Avalon Peninsula.

On Wednesday, a cold front will approach the region delivering a few showers and storms, mainly from 11am to 7pm. The storm was just upgraded from Tropical Storm to hurricane status and has gained considerable forward motion as it bears down on the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland-Labrador with winds of 155 kilometers per hour (100 MPH).

However, Chris is expected to remain well offshore over the next several days, moving slowly at first and then accelerating away from the United States later in the week.

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Bookmakers Ladbrokes has been taking bets on wet weather records being broken as Storm Chris bears own on the UK. Its center will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, Chris was located approximately 585 kilometres southwest of Cape Race with maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h and moving at 59 km/h. Beryl will move into a more favorable environment for tropical development northeast of the Bahamas later Thursday through Saturday, so there is some chance for it to become an organized tropical system again. Other than some rough seas along the East Coast, it poses no threat to the U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.

Although Hurricane Chris is headed towards Canada, it will still create severe weather for those on the U.S. East Coast.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.