First Warning Forecast
Mostly cloudy with peeks of sunshine... A low pressure system just offshore is keeping us cloudy, but rain chances are low. In addition, there's a high rip current risk for today with swimming prohibited at some area beaches - look for red flags. Meanwhile, highs near 80 and muggy.
Higher rain and storm chances Monday... A cold front will swing through Monday and drop temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. 70s for afternoon highs, low humidity and little to no rain chance for several days - consider it an early fall especially with overnights lows down into the 60s.
A front along with some possible moisture from Tropical Storm Sally will move in to end the work week. Keeping chances around 30 percent as of now for some late-day showers. Expect high temperatures near 80 degrees. See the tropical update below for more on Sally and other developments in the tropics.
Tropical Storm Sally is on track to become a hurricane tonight or Monday. Sally is 240 miles east-southeast from the mouth of Mississippi River. Max sustained winds are 60 mph as it moves west-northwest at 12 mph. Watches and warnings are in effect for areas along the U.S. Gulf coast such as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama along with Florida. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles. Additional strengthening is likely before landfall.
Hurricane Paulette is approaching Bermuda as a hurricane today.
Swells generated by Paulette are affecting the east coast of the United States including our local beaches in North Carolina and Virginia. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Swimmers and small craft mariners are urged to be on alert for hazardous conditions. Meanwhile, Paulette is about 195 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving northwest at 14 mph with max winds of 80 mph.
Tropical Depression Rene is poorly organized... expected to become a remnant low Monday.
*Located about 1150 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.
*Moving northwest at 9 mph with max winds of 30 mph.
Tropical Depression Twenty is worth watching over the next several days.
*Located 1680 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
*Moving west-northwest around 10 mph, max winds of 35 mph.
*Expected to strengthen into a tropical storm tonight or Monday.