Tropical Depression (TD) 2 has formed off the North Carolina coast, and while a moderate threat of rip currents is in effect for Monday, no major impacts are expected from the recently formed storm, per a Monday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
TD 2 is located approximately 105 miles east of Cape Hatteras, and is moving toward the northeast at 21 mph (33 km/h). This general motion is expected through Wednesday, with increasing forward speed, and TD 2 will move quickly away from the offshore North Carolina waters by tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. The depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight and could continue to strengthen on Tuesday. The system should begin to weaken by Tuesday night, and is expected to dissipate on Wednesday.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity.