Hurricane Chris still speeding, now a Category 2 storm

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The second hurricane of the 2018 season has quickly strengthened into a Category 2 storm that is moving away from the US but making a bee-line toward Canada and, eventually, Iceland.

Yesterday, 141 rescues were performed in Ocean City, Maryland, due to rough surf and unsafe rip currents.

Hurricane Chris is expected into turn to a post-tropical storm by the time it reaches Newfoundland on Thursday.

Sara Thornton, forecaster at weathertrending.com, said the weather effects from Storm Chris on the United Kingdom remain to be seen.

She said that ex-hurricanes like Chris happen regularly.

Hurricane Chris, now a Category 1 storm, continues to churn up the surf along the Eastern seaboard.

Still, swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could cause unsafe surf and rip current conditions. Hundreds of water rescues have taken place along the Jersey Shore in just the past week, and three swimmers died. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

The best course of action is to simply avoid the ocean on these risky days. Once you're free from the current, you can then attempt to swim back toward the shore. It was headed northeast at 10 miles per hour (16 kph).

Heavy rain of up to 100 mm in some areas could result in localized flooding, coupled with strong winds and storm surges with swells up to eight metres.

The storm has started moving northeast - away from the US - after staying stationary for a couple of days.

The remnants of Beryl looked set on Monday to bring 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) of rain to Puerto Rico, which is still trying to recover from hurricanes that walloped the USA territory a year ago, causing an estimated $90 billion in damage.

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