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Tropical Depression #8 tracking towards NC, little to no impact for Virginia

Posted at 9:23 AM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 00:10:12-04

RICHMOND, Va. --  Tropical Depression #8 formed west of Bermuda Sunday afternoon and is now just under 300 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. This system *could* become a tropical storm over the next 24-48 hours as wind shear decreases a bit. The forecast track brings the system somewhat close to the North Carolina coast on Tuesday, with a sharp right turn back into the open waters of the Atlantic before reaching the shore. A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout, NC. In terms of impacts, there will be some high surf and a threat of rip currents along the NC/VA coasts and a few bands of showers that could reach as far north as Virginia Beach.

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The system we've been following for several days that is now located 25 miles NW of Havana, Cuba (and 100 miles SW of Key West, FL) is Tropical Depression #9. It is expected to track west into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will likely become a tropical storm. After moving into the Gulf, it's forecast to turn north and northeast, potentially reaching the west coast of Florida on Thursday. This system is likely to have at least some impact on the southeast U.S. and definitely bears watching in case of any significant changes. We'll continue to watch this carefully, but the odds of it affecting Virginia are not very high at this point.

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Gaston is now a major hurricane over the central Atlantic and will stay over the open waters of the Atlantic (tracking away from the U.S.) the next several days.

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The next item of interest is a tropical wave that is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa by Tuesday and some development is likely later this week.

Hermine, Ian and Julia are the next names on this season's list:

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Stay tuned to CBS 6 for further updates.  The latest information can always be found in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.