Atlantic's first hurricane flounders, new system threatens US Gulf

21 June 2012 21:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Hurricane Chris strengthened to a Category 1 storm on Thursday but posed no threat to any land, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The storm is the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic.

Early on Thursday, the storm was slowly moving toward the northeast about 625 miles (1,007 km) southeast from Cape Race, Newfoundland, the NHC said.

“Maximum sustained are near 75 miles/hour…with higher gusts,” the NHC said. “Weakening is expected over the next 48 hours, and Chris is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone on Friday.”

The Saffir-Simpson scale measures hurricane strength on a scale of 1–5, based on wind speed. A category 1 storm has winds of 74-95 miles/hour.

Meanwhile, the NHC warned of a separate system forming near the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula that has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone.

By: Bobbie Clark
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