Chris Weakens to Tropical Storm, Island Braces for Heavy Rain Tonight

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Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 miles per hour, and it will likely continue to strengthen through Wednesday morning.

The system is expected to bring swells on the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states.

- Tropical Storm Chris gained hurricane status Tuesday afternoon.

He said they typically have about 150 people at the combined facilities, with about 90 personnel remaining offshore after the removals.

The disturbance continued to produce showers and thunderstorms from the Bahamas northeastward over the western Atlantic for a few hundred miles, the Hurricane Center said in its 7 p.m. update.

"We continue to monitor, but based on current forecasts we do not expect the storm to affect our offshore operations", ExxonMobil spokesman Merle MacIsaac said in an email, referring to the Sable project.

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The storm is still expected to be upgraded to hurricane status, which would make it the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the National Hurricane Center said in a report.

There is also the risk of heavy showers on Thursday with Storm Chris - the Tropical storm which has now been upgraded to a hurricane - set to batter the United Kingdom over the weekend and in the early part of next week.

Tropical storm Chris is expected to swing south of Nova Scotia at hurricane strength later this week before making landfall in Newfoundland as a "very strong" post-tropical storm, a meteorologist warned Tuesday.

But it added: “Once Chris is north of Bermuda, as the surface ridge of high pressure starts to decline, a trailing cold front associated with TS Chris will move across during Wednesday night and Thursday.”.

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