Tropical storm warning remains in effect for North Carolina coast

As of 5:00 p.m. EDT on Aug. 30, the National Hurricane Center said its Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, and Pamlico Sound. Tropical Depression Eight is located about 60 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, moving northeast at about 5 mph.

This general motion is expected tonight with a turn toward the northeast forecast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of the depression will be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina this evening and overnight. Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression could become a tropical storm by tonight.

The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches over far eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks.

Interests along the North Carolina coast should monitor the progress of the depression. Additional watches or warnings may be required later today.