Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening

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The National Hurricane Centre confirmed this change in a tweet which said: "Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, after hurricane Beryl".

Yesterday, 141 rescues were performed in Ocean City, Maryland, due to rough surf and risky rip currents.

Regardless of Storm Chris, temperatures are expected to remain in the high 20Cs throughout the rest of this week after a record-breaking start to July.

Also, a fire weather watch was issued for parts of central California and western Nevada, where winds could gust 40 to 50 miles per hour near thunderstorms.

Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: "Storm Chris is a complete and utter damp squib on the gorgeous summer the United Kingdom has been having, but unfortunately the threat of it has left us with little option but to cut the odds". "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said. Never try to swim against a rip current as you will tire quickly. Typically with post tropical storms, the heaviest rain is to the west and the strongest winds and waves are to the east.

The National Weather Service in Miami said the storm was headed northeast at about 35 km/h.

It's producing gusty winds and areas of heavy rain over portions of central and eastern Hispaniola, and the adjacent Atlantic and Caribbean waters. However, meteorologists do not expect it to make landfall in any part of U.S. Moving northeast and along, but not towards, the coast, the closest its projected path comes to land is Newfoundland, Canada. "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".

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