Tropical Storm Chris expected to reach hurricane strength

| Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become the first storm of the season to reach hurricane strength as it meanders its way toward the United States.

As of 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Aug. 2, the storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph, with winds extending outward up to 75 miles. However, Chris could become a hurricane by later afternoon or early evening, the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center reported.

On Wednesday morning, the center of the storm was located about 120 miles northeast of St. Thomas, and was moving toward the west-northwest at about 10 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

On its current path, the center of Chris will remain north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through the afternoon and evening. However, the storm could reach the continental U.S. by Sunday, according to media reports.

The storm’s path is still unknown; however, predictions range from the Gulf of Mexico to the southern tip of Florida.

For Texas evacuation maps and other emergency information, visit texasonline.com/emergency/eng/index.html, or dial 1-800-452-9292. In Florida, that information can be found at floridadisaster.org/index.asp.

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