Chris, which remained a tropical storm for days off the coast of North Carolina, first became a hurricane late Tuesday.
Hurricane Chris is now about 205 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained maximum wind speeds of 85 mph extending at least 15 miles from the center.
"Movement was northeast at 2 miles per hour, with a central pressure of 993 millibars or 29.33" of mercury.
Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, and the National Hurricane Center has named it a Category 2 storm.
Forecasters said Chris was starting to look like a storm beginning that transition on Thursday morning.
According to weather forecasters, Hurricane Chris is expected to gain strength throughout Wednesday before weakening Thursday as it heads out to sea and away from US coastal areas.
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.
Hurricane Chris is still a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum-sustained winds of 105 miles per hour with gusts to 125 miles per hour.
Offshore Nova Scotia operators ExxonMobil and BP are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Chris in the region. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.
The storm could bring heavy rain, high winds and some storm surge to parts of Newfoundland, according to Environment Canada.
If it does reform, it should stay well off the U.S. East Coast, AccuWeather said.
As of 5 p.m. the hurricane continued to churn just over 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina and move in a northeasterly direction. It may pass close enough to Bermuda to bring periods of rain, gusty winds and rough surf over the weekend.