Tropical Depression #1 forms off the Coast of East-Central Florida
Tropical Depression One has formed in the western Atlantic just off the Florida coast. Hurricane hunter aircraft have determined that the storm has met the criteria to be classified as a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds at 35 mph. Movement continues in a northerly direction and will continue pulling away from the Florida coast through Sunday.
Tropical Storm Watches are now in effect for portions of the NC Coast.
Heavy rain and rough seas/surf will be an issue for parts of the East Coast, in particular areas where the storm makes a close pass to land.
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from north of Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… * New River Inlet to Duck NC * Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression One was located near latitude 28.4 North, longitude 78.6 West. The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this motion should continue during the next day or so. After that time, a faster northeastward motion is expected. On the forecast track, the depression is expected to move offshore, but parallel to, the coast of Florida tonight, and then move near or east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Sunday. The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations and earlier aircraft reconnaissance data is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area on Monday. RAINFALL: The depression is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over the central and northwest Bahamas, and generally less than 1 inch over south Florida through tonight. The depression is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over coastal North Carolina Sunday night and Monday. SURF: Swells generated by the depression are affecting portions of the east coast of central and northern Florida. These swells are expected to spread northward during the next few days, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts. Please consult products from your local weather office.
Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM EDT. Next complete advisory at 1100 PM EDT.
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