Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

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Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

Chris was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 km per hour) and was about 245 miles (390 km) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tuesday evening, the NHC said in its latest advisory at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT).

Based on the current track, no interaction with land is expected.

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 USA coastal areas.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. As this happens, Chris will encounter cooler waters and weaken.

It looks like the UK's heatwave is set to come to an end as the remnants of a powerful hurricane swirling along the U.S. east coast is due to hit Britain.

The swells generated by Chris could also cause could cause "life-threatening surf" conditions, according to the National Hurricane Center. This means rough surf and risky rip currents.

The best course of action is to simply avoid the ocean on these unsafe days.

If you get caught in a rip current, signal for help and then swim parallel to the beach until you don't feel yourself being pulled farther offshore. Never try to swim against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

The disturbance is forecast to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the redevelopment.

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply. However, meteorologists do not expect it to make landfall in any part of U.S. Moving northeast and along, but not towards, the coast, the closest its projected path comes to land is Newfoundland, Canada.

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.

Beryl, once a hurricane, fell apart on Sunday as it moved into the Caribbean.

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