Satellite image showingn Hurricane Chris swirling off the coast of North Carolina on July 10, 2018. Credit: CIRA/RAMMB

Tropical Storm Chris has intensified into a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, along with higher gusts.

What to watch: Computer model projections and the official Hurricane Center forecast predicts that Chris will move roughly parallel to the East Coast, bringing the threat of high waves and dangerous rip currents to beaches from North Carolina to Maine. The storm could hit the Canadian Maritimes directly, including a potential landfall in Newfoundland as a hurricane or tropical storm on Thursday night or Friday morning.

The details: Hurricane Chris is beginning to move to the Northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and additional strengthening is expected to continue.

  • On Tuesday afternoon satellite observations and aircraft measurements showed that the storm was intensifying rapidly over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, by which point it had a clearly defined eye.
  • Hurricane Research aircraft recorded key signs of intensification, including a drop in atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm and an increase in wind speeds.

The big picture: Hurricane Chris is now the second such storm to form in the Atlantic so far this season, after tiny Hurricane Beryl formed last week and dissipated soon after.

Go deeper

Updated 23 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Politics: Trump says if Biden's elected, "he'll listen to the scientists"Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call.
  2. Health: Coronavirus hospitalizations are on the rise — 8 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  3. States: Wisconsin judge reimposes capacity limit on indoor venues.
  4. Media: Trump attacks CNN as "dumb b*stards" for continuing to cover pandemic.
  5. Business: Consumer confidence surveys show Americans are getting nervousHow China's economy bounced back from coronavirus.
  6. Sports: We've entered the era of limited fan attendance.
  7. Education: Why education technology can’t save remote learning.
2 hours ago - Health

Trump attacks CNN as "dumb b*stards" for continuing to cover pandemic

President Trump attacked CNN for continuing to cover the coronavirus pandemic, calling the network "dumb b*stards" at a campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona on Monday.

Why it matters: The president's attacks on the media and Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious-disease expert, come as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are again surging across the country, just two weeks out from Election Day.

3 hours ago - World

Deal to remove Sudan as terror sponsor paves way for Israel move

President Trump announced Monday that he will be removing Sudan from the State Department’s state sponsors of terrorism list after the Sudanese government agreed to pay $335 million in compensation for families of American victims of terrorism.

The big picture: Trump's announcement is part of a wider agreement that is expected to include moves from Sudan toward normalizing relations with Israel.