NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

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As of 5 p.m. EDT, Chris had winds of 90 miles per hour and was moving to the northeast at 25 miles per hour.

The tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning and was moving at just 2 miles per hour.

Hurricane Chris continued to race out into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

Forecaster Marco Petagna said: "From Monday and Tuesday next week there's signs of fresher air pushing gradually south-eastwards across the United Kingdom with a chance of some rain nearly anywhere".

Regardless of Storm Chris, temperatures are expected to remain in the high 20Cs throughout the rest of this week after a record-breaking start to July. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, and the National Hurricane Center has named it a Category 2 storm.

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Based on the current track, no interaction with land is expected. It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the US coast, forecasters say, instead steadily heading for Newfoundland while picking up forward speed through Thursday night.

"All operators continue to monitor forecasted weather and sea-state conditions, and are implementing precautionary measures as required", according to a bulletin from the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

Environment Canada updated its forecast early Thursday morning, with a warning that heavy rain, strong winds, significant waves and storm surges could hit coastal areas of the island on Thursday.

It was expected to gain strength Tuesday and Wednesday before weakening Thursday.

The rainy weather is then set to continue in Scotland on Monday and Tuesday and although this is also potential in North West, the uncertainty of the exact path of Storm Chris leaves this unclear.

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