Tropical Update – Chris Almost A Hurricane, Beryl Reorganizing
Tropical forecasters are currently monitoring two tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin. One of those systems could become a hurricane later today. The other was a hurricane last week and is expected to reorganize and grow stronger over the next five days.
As of early this morning, Tropical Storm Chris was nearly stationary about 210 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras North Carolina. The early morning advisory had the maximum sustained winds associated with the storm at 70 miles per hour. That's just four miles per hour shy of hurricane strength. Forecasters believe that Chris will become the season's second hurricane later today.
The forecast track for Chris does suggest that the system will not make a landfall in the United States. The current track guidance keeps Chris on a slow trek to the northeast over the next day or so. During that time the system could strengthen into a Category 2 storm before it eventually races off into the North Atlantic Ocean.
The 2018 Hurricane Season's first hurricane, Beryl, is still a tropical wave now currently centered over the island of Hispaniola. The remnants of Beryl are expected to push across the island today and into a more conducive climate for tropical formation.
Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are giving Beryl a 50% chance of regaining status as a tropical cyclone over the next five days. As of now, the forecast track guidance suggests that Beryl too will stay just off the East Coast of the U.S. before eventually turning out to sea on a similar path as Chris.