Tropical depression spotted off NC coast

| Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The North Carolina coast is preparing for the second tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center told The Associated Press that the unnamed storm is not expected to reach hurricane-force levels; however, they said the storm could grow in force during the early evening Tuesday, July 18, and urged caution for residents and motorists in the area.

As of 4 p.m. CST, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the eastern coast of North Carolina from north of Cape Lookout to south of Currituck Beach Light.

According to NWS, the center of the tropical depression was located about 180 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.

The depression is moving toward the north at 6 mph. With a slow turn to the northwest expected late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with strengthening forecast during the next 24 hours. The depression could become a tropical storm later Tuesday or early Wednesday.

For emergency information in North Carolina, dial 1-877-368-4968, or visit http://www.ncdot.org/traffictravel/emergencyinfo/. To download a copy of the state’s evacuation routes, click here: http://www.ncdot.org/traffictravel/emergencyinfo/download/HurricaneEvacuationRoutes.pdf.

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