Depression expected to near North Carolina coast

That means we are going to see more sun than clouds, with hot temperatures as highs will be in the mid 90s.

Linton said highs for the week will be in the lower 90s.

"With forecasts indicating the system will be entering the eastern Gulf of Mexico, BP has evacuated all non-essential personnel from its four operated platforms in the Gulf and has begun shutting-in production at the Thunder Horse, Na Kika and Atlantis platforms", the firm said. The cold front should help keep Tropical Depression #9 to remain well to our south. "It's still fighting wind shear and there is a large area of dry air to its north, but it will soon be over very warm water with less shear". Highs will return to the mid 80s. This upper-level trough is why tropical depression 9 will have no direct impact on Alabama.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the storm was moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour and was expected to turn north-northeast Wednesday. The hurricane is expected to move toward the east-northeast with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days.

Hurricane Gaston, which is no threat to land, has 100 miles per hour winds and is heading northeast at 6 miles per hour. The estimated minimum central pressure is 971 mb (28.68 inches).

The second depression was about 170 miles southwest of Key West, Florida, with maximum winds of 35 mph. It could strengthen to a tropical storm later today but will quickly turn NE and move out into the Atlantic tomorrow.

The storm should turn east early Wednesday while it's offshore. On the forecast track, the center of the depression will be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina this afternoon or this evening.

There will be little to no impact to the Wilmington area farther south.

On Sunday, the tropical disturbance developed into Tropical Depression 9. The Category 3 storm with winds at 115 mph is the season's first major hurricane, spinning hundreds of miles east of Bermuda and will continue moving out to sea. It was moving west, but forecasters expect it to curve back to the northeast in the coming days.

TD 8 will remain a threat for the coastal Carolina's and is now in a race with TD 9, still on track to take a hard east turn to Florida, with the first one getting the name Hermine and the second becoming Ian.

The storm is now classified as Tropical Depression Nine, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles an hour.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a hurricane hunter aircraft has been sent to investigate a tropical depression that's approaching the coast of North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center's current forecast track would take it into the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately making landfall in Florida to the north of the Tampa area by sometime on Thursday.

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