Outer Banks crowds thin as tropical system nears


Early Tuesday afternoon, that depression was about 340 miles (550 kilometers) west of Key West.

But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is forecast and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day. The category 2 storm has maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and is moving northeast at 6 miles per hour. By the end of the week Gaston will be moving into an environment with more wind shear and cooler waters.

In preparation for the hurricane, the Hawaii Department of Education announced all public schools on the Big Island would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

A tropical depression churning in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to turn toward north Florida during the next few days, leaving the Texas Gulf Coast unscathed. As of 4 p.m. T.D. Right now, it has max sustained winds at 35 miles per hour and is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour.

The forecaster says Madeline is expected to pass just south of the Big Island early Thursday morning.

Confidence is still rather low on the exact track of this storm.

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"The tropical depression is still forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm as it approaches and moves away from the N.C. coast", the NWS office said in its evening briefing. Wind shear continues to keep T.D.

Meanwhile, the sandbags were out at some locations in the Tampa-St. But this time the news is good for our area as it is expected to remain well to our east and should have no impact here in Southwest Louisiana.

Depression getting better organized as it drifts slowly north-northwestward. It's expected to later curve northeastward.

TD9 is expected to become a tropical storm Tuesday night into Wednesday morning but will likely be vying with TD8 for naming rights to either "Hermine" or "Ian". The front will also cause an increase in wind shear, and that will prevent the storm from getting very strong. It is not clear whether or not school will be open or closed Thursday in Central Florida, but as of now everything is open. Check your local beach forecast before you leave and talk with lifeguards located at the beach. This system should be long gone by Friday afternoon.

Some areas could see up to 15 inches of rain.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. "The amount of day-trippers has been pretty minimal because I think people were anxious they'd get down here and not be able to get back", he said by phone, referring to people who take a ferry to get to the island on the southern stretch of the Outer Banks. The system will trek west across the Atlantic Ocean over the next several days.