Oil and gas companies operating in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore weren't expecting any significant impact to their operations as a result of post-tropical storm Chris.
Chris was expected to remain well off the US coast, the NHC said, adding on its current forecast track, the center of Chris will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night. If anything does redevelop, it should remain well east of the U.S.as it turns out to sea.
In the tropics, Chris is forecast to become a hurricane Tuesday as it finally gets a nudge to the northeast away from the Carolina coast vicinity.
The weather system, expected to bring heavy rain, high winds and pounding surf to the eastern region of the province today, July 12, is accelerating northeastward towards the island, according to the latest forecast from Environment Canada.
This is due to the hurricane crossing the large body of water that is the Atlantic, where its energy is sucked out and it loses its strength. The reports are available in English at: National Hurricane Center and FEMA Daily Operations Briefing.
In the United States, forecasters said Wednesday that beachgoers on the Atlantic coast should be wary of heavy surf and life-threatening rip-currents as Chris swirled off the U.S. East Coast.
Hurricane Chris is still a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum-sustained winds of 105 miles per hour with gusts to 125 miles per hour.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 90 miles out, the hurricane center said. Also, a fire weather watch was issued for parts of central California and western Nevada, where winds could gust 40 to 50 miles per hour near thunderstorms.
Chris's wind field was expanding. This could hold onto tropical storm status all the way to near the coast of Ireland.