Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Tropical depression likely to form off North Carolina coast

With one hurricane in the Atlantic and a storm system off the Carolina coast, the Atlantic hurricane season is definitely underway.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Atlantic (Port City Daily/Courtesy National Hurricane Center)
The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Atlantic. (Port City Daily/Courtesy National Hurricane Center)

WILMINGTON — What started as a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season has quickly changed as two developments have occurred in the Atlantic over the past week. Hurricane Beryl has formed east of the Lesser Antilles and is a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Another storm system currently off the coast of North Carolina has a high likelihood of cyclone formation, according to NWS.

“The tropics sure did get busy in a hurry. It does look like there is a good chance that a depression may form over the next day or two and the models do drift the system toward the NC coast by early next week as it interacts with a frontal boundary,” Warning Coordinator for the National Weather Service in Wilmington Steven Pfaff said.

“The bulk of the [forecast] guidance keeps the storm off the coast but everyone is encouraged to increase their situational awareness through the weekend. This storm could be a slow mover as the steering [currents] is light,” he concluded.

Updates on the storm’s progression can be found online and NWS is advising residents in the Coastal Carolinas to monitor the storm.

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