June 21st, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Chris becomes first hurricane of the Atlantic season

Tropical storm Chris has been upgraded to a hurricane, becoming the first named hurricane of the Atlantic season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which is located in the northern Atlantic, has strengthened during the last several hours. Hurricane Chris' maximum sustained winds are now 75 mph. Chris remains no threat to land as it moves northeast at 20 mph.

Hurricane Chris has been named nearly two months earlier than the average first date of a hurricane in the Atlantic which is August 14, according to Dennis Felton with the National Hurricane Center.

This is also only the third time since record keeping began back in the late 1800s that there have been three named storms so early in the season. Normally storms are not officially named until July 11, Felton said.

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Chris the Powerful President Name Sequencer and Magician

    My friends call me "Chris the Powerful President Name Sequencer and Magician." That Hurricane Chris not being destructive is very disappointing to me and my name. Hmmph!

    July 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris Barlow

    Chris becomes first hurricane of the atlantic?? The photo is of the Pacific and Emilia??

    Just saying,

    July 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Didn't realize Hawaii was in the Atlantic!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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