"Movement was northeast at 2 miles per hour, with a central pressure of 993 millibars or 29.33" of mercury.
The storm is still expected to be upgraded to hurricane status, which would make it the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. On the forecast track the center of Chris will pass near southeastern Newfoundland, Canada on Thursday, July 12.
Still, Gov. Roy Cooper and other state officials cautioned vacationers and coastal residents to monitor the storm.
The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Chris is forecast to remain a weak category 2 hurricane through the day Wednesday before weakening back down to a category 1 by Thursday. Once it does that however, it's all downhill as Chris enters dramatically cooler waters off the Canadian coast.
Hurricane Chris, a category 2 storm now, was churning away from the Mid-Atlantic coast on Tuesday and isn't expected to make landfall in the mainland US, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Chris was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday, after moving away from the United States toward Newfoundland, Canada, the National Hurricane Center said.
Ocean swells along southern coast of Newfoundland are expected to reach eight metres in some areas. Yesterday, 141 rescues were performed in Ocean City, Maryland, due to rough surf and risky rip currents.