Tropical Storm Chris has weakened and is
no longer expected to become a hurricane, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.
Storm advisories issued early Thursday
morning indicated that the storm was “weakening in a hurry,” and several storm
watches were downgraded or dropped.
Residents and companies in and around the
storm’s predicted path were taking it seriously. The financial publication Bloomberg reported some companies were
putting plans into place in case they needed to evacuate their employees from
oil and gas drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.