Tracking trouble in the tropics....The First Warning Storm is tracking not one but two systems that could impact some of us over the next couple of days.
Tropical Depression Eight will have the most immediate impact on our weather, especially for the Outer Banks. TD 8 is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by early Tuesday and move very close to Hatteras before quickly turning northeast and away from the east coast of the U.S. Areas along the Outer Banks will feel the biggest effects from the storm, in the form of rough surf and a high risk of rip currents over the next few days. We'll also see some bands of heavy rain over Northeastern North Carolina. Areas in Hampton Roads may see a few isolated showers into Tuesday. Otherwise, most of the effects will be along the immediate coast with a threat of moderate rip currents and rough surf. Tropical Depression Nine in the Gulf of Mexico will likely stay offshore. However, some of us could see some of the storm's moisture and a heightened threat of rip currents later in the week.
Otherwise, as we move through our Monday night, expect partly cloudy skies. An isolated shower is possible. Low temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will stay in the mid 80s for most of the week. A cold front moves in by Thursday, giving way to scattered showers and thunderstorms. After the frontal passage, temperatures will cool into the lower 80s by the holiday weekend.
Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Lows in the low 70s. Winds: NE 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms (20%). Breezy. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: NE 5-15+ mph.
Wednesday: Sun and Clouds. Isolated Showers (20%). High temperatures in the mid 80s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.
Weather & Health for Tuesday
Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)
UV Index: Very High
Air Quality: Good (Code Green)
Tropical Depression 8 is centered about 140 miles SE of Cape Hatteras and moving NW at 6 mph. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet. On the forecast track, the center of the system will be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina Tuesday afternoon and evening. 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 by early Tuesday.
Tropical Depression 9 is about 195 miles WSW of Key West, Florida and moving WNW at 5 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and could become a tropical storm on Tuesday. This system is expected to track into the eastern Gulf of Mexico before making a NE turn, crossing over Florida, and moving up or along the East Coast later this week.
Hurricane Gaston is 570 miles east of Bermuda and moving very slowly NNE. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 mph with higher gusts. Little significant change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
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