MIAMI — Atlantic Ocean beachgoers should be wary of heavy surf and life-threatening rip-currents this week as Hurricane Chris swirls off the U.S. East Coast, say forecasters.   

At 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Miami said Chris was centered about 440 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It was headed northeast at 22 mph, on track to brush past Canada’s easternmost province and then hit Iceland this weekend.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. 

Chris strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane on Tuesday. It became the second named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, marking the earliest formation of a season’s second hurricane since 2005, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

Forecasters expect Chris to weaken to a strong post-tropical cyclone on Thursday.  

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