A new tropical storm formed off the Florida
coastline on Monday morning, and is scheduled to pass offshore of North
Carolina later in the week.
Though area meteorologists believe that the coast
of North Carolina will remain relatively unaffected, there may be a
high risk of rip currents along the coastline.
Per a Monday morning advisory, Tropical Storm
Emily was located roughly 45 miles west-southwest of Tampa and about 50
miles west-northwest of Sarasota, Fla. Maximum sustained winds were
measured at 45 mph and the storm was moving east at 8 mph.
The National Hurricane Center’s extended forecast
has Tropical Storm Emily moving across the state of Florida before
heading to the Atlantic Ocean. From here, it is forecasted to move
northeast, and strengthen back to a tropical storm as it continues
along the coast. Emily will likely pass well offshore of Hatteras and
Ocracoke Islands sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.