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Chris - 1994
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HURRICANE CHRIS

A tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa on August 11. The wave moved westward at a swift pace and strengthened with increasing bands of convection by the following day. The wave strengthened into the third tropical depression of the season on August 16, while located midway between the Lesser Antilles and Africa. The depression continued to strengthen, and became Tropical Storm Chris on the 17th as it turned on a steady path to the northwest. The next day, a hurricane hunter aircraft found an eyewall and sufficient winds for the storm to be classified as a hurricane. Chris remained a hurricane for the next two days as it accelerated slightly, and reached its peak intensity on August 19 with winds of 80 mph and a pressure of 979. However, the strong vertical wind shear that made the 1994 Season into one of the least active on record began to tear the storm apart later that day, and it weakened to a tropical storm accordingly by August 20. Chris then continued to the northeast and weakened steadily before turning to the north on August 21 as it moved closer to Bermuda. The storm passed just about 85 miles to the east of the island that day, but since the storm was quite weak and the majority of the winds were on the east side of the storm, Bermuda reported only minor winds. The storm turned to the northwest on August 22 and began to lose tropical characteristics. Chris re-strengthened briefly on August 24 before merging with an extratropical system southeast of Newfoundland. No damages or casualties were reported due to Chris.

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