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Chris becomes Category 1 hurricane again, moving towards Newfoundland

The First Alert Weather Team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Chris off the NC coast.  (Source: Facebook/NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center) The First Alert Weather Team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Chris off the NC coast. (Source: Facebook/NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center)
SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) -

Your First Alert Weather Team continues to monitor Hurricane Chris off the North Carolina coast. Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the closest tropical system to the Carolinas so far.

THE LATEST ON CHRIS: As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Chris was centered about 700 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland and had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph - making Chris a Category 1 Hurricane. 

THE FORECAST FOR CHRIS:  A trough of low pressure should allow Chris a quick path northeastward, and away from the Carolina latitudes through the weekend.

HOW THE SYSTEM MAY AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA: Chris has pulled away from our area.

Beach goers should remain wary of enhanced wave action, a low to moderate rip current risk, and a strong north-to-south longshore current through Thursday. Small crafts should exercise caution through Thursday.

BEWARE OF MISINFORMATION: As you seek online information on these tropical systems, watch out for "hype sites" and provocative social media posts that only showcase the more dire computer forecast model solutions.

The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information. Brush up on the cone and what it means for you HERE.

HAVE A MINDSET OF VIGILANCE AND PREPAREDNESS: The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts June 1. Stay with your First Alert Weather Team here, on TV, and on your WECT First Alert Weather App for complete updates. Link to our comprehensive digital hurricane preparedness guide or on the WECT Weather App.

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