Chris set to become hurricane, Beryl poses flood threat to Puerto Rico

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Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days.

There were no coastal watching or warnings in effect as of Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring unsafe rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week. The hurricane has reached winds of 85 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm and the second named hurricane for the Atlantic season.

Hurricane Chris is expected to pass south of Nova Scotia on Thursday, creating high waves along the Atlantic coast.

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Locally heavy rains and gusty winds were likely to continue from eastern Cuba and Hispaniola northward across the eastern Bahamas for the next day or two.

Chris is forecast to begin weakening Wednesday night, and the system is expected to become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night, the Florida-based weather forecaster said.

She said a "blip" in the current hot weather, which is not down to Chris, is seeing temperatures in the south east drop to around 23-25C (73-77F) and further north to 21-22C (69-71F) in Birmingham or 17-18C (62-64F) in Newcastle but temperatures "will increase a few degrees to the weekend".

The swells generated by Chris could also cause could cause "life-threatening surf" conditions, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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