Hurricane Chris Burst of Intensification, Super Typhoon Near Taiwan and 3 Wheel Anomaly
Tropical Storm Chris became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season at 5 pm EDT Tuesday afternoon. Located about 200 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Chris was packing top sustained winds of 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Chris underwent a striking burst of intensification on Tuesday, giving every appearance of being a hurricane hours before that status became official. In a flight Tuesday afternoon, hurricane hunters found a central pressure of 980 mb, with flight-level winds as strong as 88 knots (101 mph). The stepped frequency microwave radiometer aboard the hurricane-hunter flight detected near-surface winds of 84 - 89 mph, which supports the NHC intensity estimate of 85 mph.