CAPE HATTERAS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Rough waters caused by Tropical Storm Chris claimed the life of a swimmer off the North Carolina coast, state officials said.
"We are saddened that rough waters have tragically claimed a life, and I urge people along our coast to be cautious, especially if they plan to be in and on the water,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “While we do not expect major impacts from this storm, we will continue to watch it closely.”
Monday morning Tropical Storm Chris was located approximately 200 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Chris is forecast to meander off the coast of North Carolina for another day before beginning to accelerate northeast into the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday and Thursday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Chris is expected to become a hurricane late Monday.
Many North Carolina beaches are closed to swimming due to heavy surf and dangerous rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Chris. Beachgoers are reminded to heed warning flags and signs and obey the instructions of lifeguards and local officials.
According to state officials, the primary threat to the North Carolina coast is the swells generated by the tropical storm force winds. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Minor beach erosion and ocean overwash is also possible.