Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane by the National Hurricane Center this afternoon, marking the second hurricane of 2018, in the western Atlantic.
The good news is Chris started to turn away from the US earlier today, and is presently posing no threat to the US eastern seaboard states.
As of 4pm, Hurricane Chris was located some 205 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, moving northeast at 10 mph, packing winds from 60 to 85 mph.
The storm is expected to pick up more speed as it continues moving to the northeast.
Residents in North Carolina were urged to keep an eye on Hurricane Chris, but no watches or warnings were put into effect.
Forecasters also say Chris may not be a hurricane for long as it could be downgraded to a non-tropical storm by Thursday night or early Friday.
It was also noted that this is only the fourth time in hurricane record keeping history in the satellite era, dating back to 1966, that two hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic before July 10 in the annual hurricane season.
The only other years two hurricanes were recorded before July 10 were 1966, 1968 and 2005.