For a while there were many folks wondering if the tropical season was ever going to start. There were no named storms through the first week of August but by today we've already had four. Our latest addition is Tropical Storm Danny, which formed early Wednesday morning about 900 miles southeast of the North Carolina coast. Danny started as a tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa over a week ago. For days the storm encountered dry air and could not develop. It survived long enough to reach more moist air a few hundred miles north of Puerto Rico yesterday. By this morning the system developed a circulation with winds sustained at 45 mph. There is still much uncertainty about how eastern North Carolina will be impacted. Coastal areas will have the greatest threat with beach erosion and stronger winds. Areas well inland may not see a significant problem but tropical systems are fickle and we need to wait a couple of days before making a final pronouncement. In the meantime we can enjoy more sunshine and heat for Thursday.
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