Depression moving northeastward away from the North Carolina coast.
At 11pm, the center of Tropical Depression Eight was about 70 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, latitude 34.5 north, longitude 74.6 west. The depression is moving toward the northeast near 5 mph. A northeastward and then east-northeastward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the depression will continue to move away from the coast of North Carolina.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and the depression could become a tropical storm.
This storm system is helping to create a rough surf along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. There’s a high risk of rip currents, and swimmers are urged to stay out of the water.