Tropical Depression Eight: Monday 11pm Update

Tropical Depression Eight is slowly moving northwestward toward the coast of North Carolina.

At 11pm, the center of the storm was about 125 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, latitude 33.8 north, longitude 74. west.  The depression is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph.  This general motion with a slower forward speed is expected tonight, with a gradual turn toward the north forecast on Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the center of the depression will be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina late Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts.  Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Tuesday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.

Tropical Depression Eight is also partly responsible for our high risk of rip currents at area beaches in Georgia and South Carolina.  Swimmers are urged to stay out of the water.

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