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.