RICHMOND, Va. -- Tropical Depression #8 formed west of Bermuda Sunday afternoon and is now just under 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.
This system *could* become a tropical storm over the next 24 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. There should be no impact to Richmond and Central Virginia.
Tropical Depression #9 is now located and 170 miles SW of Key West, FL. While it’s moving west, the storm should turn north and then 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.
The next two names for storms are Hermine and Ian, so TD #8 and TD #9 may take these names. Meanwhile, Gaston is over the central Atlantic and will continue tracking away from Bermuda (and the U.S.) the next several days.
And we still have another tropical wave that is poised to move off the west coast of Africa later tonight, with some development likely later this week.