While it's unlikely that Chris will turn back toward North Carolina over the next few days, we are now officially in hurricane season and the National Hurricane Center is recommending all coastal residents be prepared.
Tropical Storm Chris strengthened in the mid-Atlantic and was expected to become a hurricane on Monday evening or Tuesday, while the former Hurricane Beryl dwindled into a heavy rainstorm threatening to bring flooding to Puerto Rico, forecasters said.
Yorkshire could see some showers this afternoon as the United Kingdom prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Chris over the weekend.
Forecasters said Chris was starting to look like a storm beginning that transition on Thursday morning.
Chris was speeding northeastward in the Atlantic and is expected to continue to weaken and lose its tropical features.
The hurricane was moving toward the northeast at 10 miles per hour (17 kph), the NHC said.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said that tropical storm Chris "will influence the weather but we can not tell what that influence will be at the moment because it is still developing".
Chris is expected to be a post-tropical storm by the time it arrives Thursday, slowly weakening as it moves toward the Avalon Peninsula.
"It's not unusual at all", she said. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers). "The hurricane center is now giving Beryl a 20 percent chance of development within the next two days and a 50 percent chance over the next five days".
Bookmakers Ladbrokes has been taking bets on wet weather records being broken as Storm Chris bears own on the UK.