Will Tropical Storm Chris affect the Triangle?
Posted July 8, 2018 7:35 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:19 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Tropical Storm Chris could be upgraded to a hurricane within a day or so but the storm swirling in the Atlantic Ocean will have a minimal affect on the Triangle.
WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Sunday evening that the storm will continue to spin off the coast of North Carolina before turning north and east and heading away from the U.S. coastline.
"There will be no impact in the Triangle, and at the coast it really shouldn't get too much worse than it is right now," Fishel said. "The seas may get a little bit higher temporarily and the rip tide risk is definitely going to be there, but the system won't be getting any closer to the coast."
The storm is getting better organized and could be officially upgraded to a hurricane on Monday or Tuesday, Fishel said, adding that wave heights closest to North Carolina will range between 5 and 10 feet tall. "It could be a whole lot worse if the system would actually come toward us, which we do not expect it to do."
Rip currents are already an issue in North Carolina, but especially so during tropical systems. Beachgoers should be very careful in the ocean. On Saturday afternoon, a man drowned after entering the water at Kill Devil Hills.
The weather forecast for the Triangle for the start of the work week calls for plenty of sun and lower humidity after a cold front made its way through the region.
The high temperature on Monday will top out around 89 degrees and the low will dip to around 60 degrees.
"It will be another gem of a day," Fishel said.
The high will rise to 92 on Tuesday but lower humidity will make for mild conditions, Fishel said.
Forecasters are also tracking Beryl, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend. According to Moss, Beryl is currently weakening as it approaches the Caribbean.
Beryl will bring a chance of tropical storm winds to the Lesser Antilles late Sunday and into Monday before moving to the west.