Ready or not here comes the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS OFF THE COAST OF EAST-CENTRAL FLORIDA...
...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR A PORTION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST...
NHC is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression One. It's located at 5 p.m. EDT about 125 miles (200 km) east of Melbourne, Florida, and about 505 miles (810 km) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from north of Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area on Monday.
The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this motion should continue during the next day or so. After that time, a faster northeastward motion is expected. On the forecast track, the depression is expected to move offshore, but parallel to, the coast of Florida tonight, and then move near or east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Sunday. When that occurs, it will be given the name Arthur.
The depression is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over the central and northwest Bahamas, and generally less than 1 inch over South Florida through tonight. It's also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over coastal North Carolina Sunday night and Monday.
Swells generated by the depression are affecting portions of the east coast of Central and North Florida. These swells are expected to spread northward during the next few days, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts. Please consult products from your local weather office - www.weather.gov
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11 p.m. EDT with an intermediate advisory at 8 p.m. EDT - www.hurricanes.gov