MIAMI (AP) – Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris has reached hurricane strength while moving away from the U.S. coast in the Atlantic.
At 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Miami said the storm was about 205 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It was headed northeast at 10 mph.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.
Weather officials said in a release that the storm could produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip currents. Local officials were advised to monitor the storm’s movement.
It was expected to gain strength Tuesday and Wednesday before weakening Thursday.
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