Hurricane Chris began an accelerated move northeast on late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, however a high risk of rip currents is still in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, per the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
As of 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Hurricane Chris was located 315 miles east of Cape Hatteras and was moving northeast at 22 mph with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. Beach conditions will gradually improve through the week as Chris moves away from the N.C. coastline, but a high threat of dangerous rip currents for all North Carolina beaches north of Cape Lookout remains.
An elevated risk of rip currents will likely continue through most of the week, and a strong longshore current is also likely along east-facing beaches.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.
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