It was located about 275 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and quickly moving northeast at 36 mph.
Although Hurricane Chris is headed towards Canada, it will still create severe weather for those on the U.S. East Coast.
The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the center said.
Based on the current track, no interaction with land is expected.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre said southeastern Newfoundland is the most likely to deal with direct impacts from the storm.
Chris will still have tropical storm strength after entering the cooler water, but it will begin to change to a much different structure. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles and is moving to the northeast at 35 mph.
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Wednesday we will see an increase of moisture as Chris pushes out into the Atlantic.
The storm became a hurricane Tuesday as it moved further away from the coast of the Carolinas. Atlantic Canada residents are being warned these conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Forecasters also expect Chris to produce one to three inches of rain over Newfoundland. "The hurricane center is now giving Beryl a 20 percent chance of development within the next two days and a 50 percent chance over the next five days".
Some weakening is forecast for Thursday, when Chris will probably become a strong post-tropical cyclone.
Chris was racing northeast at 35 miles per hour and was forecast to pass near or over extreme southeastern Newfoundland later today or tonight.