JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Chris has lost all of its tropical characteristics and loses the title tropical storm as cold water and strong upper level winds take race the storm south of the Canadian Maritimes at 36 mph.
The National Hurricane Center issued its last public advisory on Chris which is still packing 70 mph wind.
Chris intensified into the second hurricane of the 2018 hurricane season on Tuesday afternoon, and continued to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane into Wednesday.
Since then, it has been weakening steadily and soon will become extra-tropical (non-tropical storm,)
11 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Chris was centered about 700 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Canada, maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It was headed northeast at 29 mph, on track to pass near Newfoundland on Thursday.
Surf and rip-currents from Hurricane Chris swells continue to decrease along the U.S. East Coast.
We are well ahead of the typical schedule for the second hurricane of the season, beating our climatological average by about six weeks.