Hurricane Chris has really been strengthening over the last 24 hours. Luckily that has been happening way offshore. Around the mid-morning it was a category 2 hurricane and it was located about 320 miles east of Hatteras, NC.
The forecast accelerates Chris to the northeast. As it picks up its speed of motion, the sustained winds are also forecast to increase. It could potentially be a category 3 hurricane by this afternoon. The current forecast calls for it to be a strong category 2 with 110mph winds. Hopefully, mariners will be ok if they are in the vicinity fo the storm. The hurricane should weaken as it approaches the coast of Newfoundland in a couple of days. It could brush the coast as a category 1 hurricane.
After that it will weaken over the North Atlantic. Chris has had minor effects on our region, but it has kept up a high threat for rip currents at the local beaches. Today the threat is still high for the Outer Banks, but it is moderate for Virginia Beach. The good news is that the waves are really cleaning up. Yesterday there was a lot of chop on the water and the surf was rough. Today we have some nice clean waves. They looked great on the Surfline.com cameras this morning.
I’m still watching the remnants of Beryl. It is near the Bahamas right now and drifting generally north/northwest. It likely won’t do anything in the short-term, but it still has a 50% chance for formation over the next few days. It would likely stay offshore, but it could potentially bring back a higher threat for rip currents over the weekend. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
In the meantime a cool front is slowly dropping south across Virginia.
This front will bring us a chance for scattered showers and storms later this afternoon into the evening. Before the front arrives our high temperatures will be near 90 degrees. The heat index will rise to the mid-upper 90s. There won’t be much of a breeze at all. So it will be seasonably hot and humid. The storms will be able to feed off of this. So we may have a few strong storms this afternoon and evening. We could see a couple of downpours. I’ve talked to quite a few folks that have said that they need rain. Some of them missed the downpours last Friday. So hopefully, they get the rain today or tonight. Norfolk (regional climate site) has had 1.81″ so for this month. This is 0.36″ above the average. We have had 26.98″ so far this year. That is 4.25″ above average. So not everyone needs the rain.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler