Tropical Storm Warning issued for parts of the North Carolina coast.
At 5pm, the center of Tropical Depression Eight was about 140 miles SE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, latitude 33.6 north, longitude 74.0 west. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph, and this general motion with a slower forward speed is expected later this evening with a gradual turn toward the north 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 remain 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 by early Tuesday.
This storm system is helping to create a rough surf along the coast here in Georgia and South Carolina. There’s a high risk of rip currents, and swimmers are urged to stay out of the water. The rip currents are life threatening.