Hurricane Christian Tracks: Storm Strengthens in Category One, Continues Towards North Carolina: NOAA, NHC

Raleights (WTVD) – Tropical Storm Christians has officially strengthened into a category one hurricane. The storm is still slated to track along North Carolina toward the US East Coast.

On Friday morning, the storm was moving around Turks and Caicos and dumping heavy rain over the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center said flash flooding and mudslides are possible in the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas.

The storm is currently moving northward at a speed of 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and moving at a speed of 100 mph. There is a possibility of storms off the coast of Florida and Georgia this weekend. Isaias can brush off the Carolina coast on Mondays and Tuesdays. East North Carolina remains in a cone of uncertainty for the route.

At 5 am on Friday, the storm was 15 miles south-southwest of Great Ingua Island. According to ABC News, more than 400,000 customers lost power in Puerto Rico on Thursday. Some were caught in the flood.

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While that path is still a long way and can change very rapidly, at this time it seems that Isis will bring rain to parts of North Carolina at least next week.

However, the coast is already seeing the effects of Christian as a high-risk rip current starts Friday and travels to Carolina Beach on Friday. The elevated threat will run into the weekend as the storm moves north.

At midnight, the National Hurricane Center issued a storm warning for the central and southeastern Bahamas.

Storm researcher Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University stated that twenty-nine is the storm named Atlantic. The previous record was of Irene on 7 August 2005.

The storm cone of uncertainty includes North Carolina. Current estimates say that the storm will reach our shores from Monday night to Tuesday morning.

Stay with the ABC11 First Alert Weather Team as they monitor this storm and there may be any danger of bringing it to North Carolina.

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