The period of calm in the tropical Atlantic Ocean appears to be ending. We are now heading into the most active period of the tropical season. Typically, mid-August through mid-October is when we see most of the activity along or off the East Coast. Eastern North Carolina has been very fortunate to miss most of the severe hurricanes over the past 6 years. The last hurricane to directly hit eastern North Carolina was Isabel in 2003. Last year Hannah hit the North Carolina coast as a strong tropical storm. Tropical Depression 2 is located about 2,940 miles off the coast and is struggling to survive. Another strong tropical wave could develop into a storm over the next few days but it is over 3,000 miles away. We'll continue to track these systems but for now it looks like a nice weekend along our beaches.