Workers removed from oil platforms as hurricane threatens heavy rain, winds

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With maximum sustained winds of 105mph, the hurricane is likely to become stronger on Wednesday as it churns northeast across the Atlantic Ocean towards the UK.

Chris continues to accelerate into the northern open Atlantic away from the US east coast.

As it reaches the colder Maritime waters, it will weaken to a post-tropical depression as it approaches the Avalon Penninsula of Newfoundland overnight Wednesday.

In the last 75 years, Newfoundland has had 5 tropical storms and 3 hurricanes make landfall. The hurricane has reached winds of 85 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm and the second named hurricane for the Atlantic season.

The hurricane was moving toward the northeast at 10 miles per hour (17 kph), the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Chris, now located just off the coast of North Carolina, is about to turn into a hurricane later today, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The storm remains in an environment that will continue to gradually strengthen it as it is centered over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

Chris was expected to remain well off the US coast, the NHC said, adding on its current forecast track, the center of Chris will be near southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday night.

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", it said.

Interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris.

Southern coastlines of that region can also expect storm surges.

"A continued northeastward motion accompanied by a steady increase in forward speed is expected through Thursday night.", forecasters said.