North Carolina warily watches tropical weather

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

There is still a bit uncertainty on the proximity the storm will have to the Carolina coast. A system off the North Carolina coast, now known as Tropical Depression Eight, is in competition with Tropical Depression Nine to become the next tropical storm.

The storm could bring gusty winds and 1-3 inches of rain to eastern North Carolina this week, and isolated areas could get up to 5 inches.

The Hyde County Emergency Services Department will continue to monitor the forecast for Tropical Depression Eight and issues advisories as appropriate. Everyone from Tampa to Panama City is watching this storm, and it could be the second tropical storm to hit northern Florida this year.

Authorities at some locations in the Tampa-St. There will also be a high risk of rip currents along the Ocracoke beaches today and the risky conditions are likely to continue through Wednesday.

In addition to the three formed systems, the National Hurricane Center is also watching two other disturbances - one off the coast of Texas and another on the coast of Africa.

In North Carolina, Jennifer Scarborough is the manager of a marina in Hatteras.

On the East Coast, Depression 8 will move close to the Carolina coastline and then radically turn direction back out into the Atlantic Ocean late week.

Separately, a tropical depression has formed in the Florida Straits and is expected to produce rain over the southern half of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys. Maximum sustained winds were at 35 miles per hour. Landfall is expected sometime Thursday near the Big Bend area of Florida.

The depression, which was crawling along about 7 mph 160 miles southeast of Cape Hateras at p.m. Monday, is expected to reach the Outer Banks by late Tuesday, after it intensifies to a tropical storm.

The storm will likely pass just offshore, but will bring gusty winds in excess of 40 miles per hour to the Banks and could cause some minor soundside flooding.

Farther east, Hurricane Gaston has weakened a little as it drifted northward in the middle of the Atlantic.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft was investigating the storm early Monday.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect early Saturday.

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