National Weather Service predicts "no significant impacts" to Southeastern North Carolina.
SOUTHEASTERN N.C. -- A tropical depression that originally formed about 400 miles away from Wilmington will come within 140 miles of the Port City on Tuesday.
However, Wilmington will experience no direct effects from the depression, said Doug Hoehler, senior meteorologist with the local office of the National Weather Service.
“More or less we’ll have daytime showers and thunderstorms over land for the next two days that will dissipate after sunset,” he said.
Other indirect effects of the storm could be an increased swell, which may increase the rip current potential.
An elevated rip current risk is expected as Hurricane Gaston will be creating additional swells.
The depression is now approximately 355 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, though the Weather Service has advised the Outer Banks monitor the progress of the depression.
The depression is expected to turn west-northwest Sunday night, slow and continue moving northwest Monday and Tuesday. It will move further northwest at a slow rate of speed Tuesday, when it could become Tropical Storm Hermine.
The center of the cyclone is expected to pass offshore of the Outer Banks late Tuesday.
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