5pm Sunday Update on Major Hurricane Gaston and Tropical Depression 8

The tropics are very active on this Sunday Evening.

Hurricane Gaston has strengthened into the first major hurricane this year… with max winds of 115 mph. The storm is centered around 580 miles east of Bermuda.

Gaston is moving northwest around 5 mph… and the hurricane is likely to turn north Monday and the northeast by mid week with an increase in forward motion as it gets caught up in the westerlies.

The storm will likely see little change in strength over the next 48 hours… and is no immediate threat to land.

Also… tropical depression 8 formed early today… and has max sustained winds of 35 mph around 350 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The system could strengthen a little and become a tropical storm… but a rapid strengthening is not expected. The storm will near the Outer Banks late Monday and Tuesday and then shift north along the coast and offshore. Squally rains and gusty winds are possible… but a significant and major storm is unlikely.

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