By: Brittany Bedi| WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team
July 10, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tropical storm Chris continues to linger off the North and South Carolina coasts. Satellite imagery of Chris shows a well-defined eye developing. Winds are still at 70 mph, making it a strong tropical storm approaching hurricane strength.
Chris is starting to move northeast around 9 mph. The storm will be between a trough digging southeast in the eastern U.S. and a ridge of high pressure to its south. This will help speed up the storm to the northeast while staying over Atlantic waters. It could strengthen to a category 1 hurricane by early Wednesday morning, but is not expected to make landfall anywhere in the U.S.
An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly over Chris Tuesday afternoon. More data should be available later in the day.