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    Rip currents a threat to NC as Tropical Storm Chris gains speed

    Gov. Roy Cooper and other state officials are cautioning vacationers and residents on the coast to monitor Tropical Storm Chris, which could be upgraded to a hurricane on Tuesday afternoon.
    According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, even if Chris becomes a hurricane, its effects on the North Carolina coast will be minimal.
    “There may be a few rain bands along the Outer Banks and some rough surf,” said Gardner. “It’s not as big as an issue around the Wilmington area, but there’s certainly a high rip current danger.We are saddened that rough waters have tragically claimed a life, and I urge people along our coast to be cautious, especially if they plan to be in and on the water,” said Gov. Cooper. “While we do not expect major impacts from this storm, we will continue to watch it closely.”
    Chris, currently churning offshore, is expected remain just off the coast of North Carolina for a few days before turning north and east and heading away from the U.S. coastline by Wednesday. The storm is currently 200 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
    Though the storm is likely to become better organized and turn into a hurricane by Tuesday, it should not affect the Triangle.
    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,” said WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel. “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. It could be worse if the system would actually come toward us, which we do not expect it to do.”
    Residents and vacationers along the coast should be aware and keep a close eye on the weather forecast.
     

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