Hurricane Chris weakens back to tropical storm

Chris is back to a tropical storm and it continues moving northeast. Chris is centered about 245 miles SE of Halifax, Nova Scotia and moving NE at 35 mph. This general motion is expected to continue during the next 2 to 3 days. On the forecast track, the center of Chris will pass over or near extreme southeastern Newfoundland later today or tonight.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is anticipated during the next few days, and Chris is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone later today.

5 a.m. AST Thursday update

Location: 42.1°N 60.1°W

Moving: NE at 35 mph

Min pressure: 985 mb

Max sustained: 70 mph