Tropical Storm Alerts Canceled

By: Bill Wilson, Lynnette Taylor, Heather King
By: Bill Wilson, Lynnette Taylor, Heather King

All tropical storm warnings from Tropical Storm Cristobal in North Carolina have been canceled.

Tropical Storm Cristobal dumped rain and brought rough seas to our coast Sunday, and forecasters predicted the system was headed for the open Atlantic.

Scroll down to view our Tropical Storm Cristobal photo gallery from Atlantic Beach

At 5 a.m. Monday, the center of the storm was about 110 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras. Maximum sustained winds picked up to 50 miles per hour.

It's continuing to move toward the northeast at about 13 mph as it heads out to sea.

The next update from the National Hurricane Center is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday.

Emergency management officials in Carteret County said there were no major flooding from Cristobal, but were concerned about people getting into the ocean due to the strong waves.

In Hyde County authorities urged beachgoers to stay out of the ocean because of the danger of rip currents.

Meteorologist Rich Bandy at the National Weather Service said the strong winds were on the eastern side of the storm, away from land.

"The only wind impacts are going to be on the immediate coast from Cape Lookout up to Oregon Inlet and that should be the worst of it," Bandy said of the northeast part of the state. The storm was expected to start pulling away from its coastline track about midnight after it passed Cape Hatteras, Bandy said.

This is the first storm to threaten the U.S. this hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30.

To track Cristobal, click here for the WITN Hurricane Center.

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  • by J Location: Gville on Jul 21, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    Its a storm, not a pronounciation test. We care about what happens to our beautiful NC coast NOT how to pronounce the name. Please get over it. Second I wish the weather channels would relax some when announcing storms. The Outer Banks was absolutely beautiful this weekend. Its rained for about 2 minutes and NOT along the beach. I was there Saturday AND Sunday until late. I think people just get freaked out to easily. David...I am right there with you. I canthelp but just shake my head at people and its NOT just people buying usual groceries, its when they hear the word STORM, they freak out. Milk is the LAST thing i would buy! ha

  • by who cares Location: right here on Jul 20, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    Who cares what you call it. It is a storm. All most people care about is where it is going not what you call it. Some people need to get a life.
  • by Bizarre Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2008 at 02:04 PM
    Umm.... most of us come on here or watch TV, listen to radio to find out if the weather is going to affect our area. Perhaps if it might get dangerous or if there are and advisories. Not to be schooled on how to pronounce the latest storm. To Señor Bilingual.....get a hobby!
  • by Canuck Location: NC on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    Senor Bilingual....if y'all don't like the way we speak here GO HOME. It is rude to criticize what others do in their own country. If you are an American....then speak like one. We are in the USA....there is only one national language...English...want a country with two...go to Canada and learn to speak French.
  • by Señor Bilingual Location: NC on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    Editor: The lack of an accent over the letter o doesn't invite Anglicizing Cristobal as a few people from all the networks have done. In fact I find that insulting while trying to glamorize an awkward pronunciation without any reason(s). I don't mean to brag about this but I am BILINGUAL. That means I write, read and speak both English and Spanish fluently therefore I am qualified to speak and rule about this. I hope this is the amicable end to this discussion. Thank you
  • by American on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    So let me get this right....Spanish name=Spanish pronounciation, correct? Well, we've been misprouncing Hurricane Hugo all these years and no one said anything! Let's revoice all the A&E documentaries to say Hurricane OO-go. Get a life!
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jul 20, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    I assume that Mr. Bilingual is a Spanish teacher.
  • by Señor Bilingual Location: NC on Jul 20, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    Editor: Please and with ALL due respect I gave a detailed explanation to Cristobal correct pronunciation. That is the ONLY correct pronunciation. Everybody else is definitely WRONG, period. It is pretty arrogant and argumentative on your part to vaguely state that there is more than one pronunciation without absolutely any evidence to support your mighty weak claim. That's embarrassing politely stated. BTW your meteorologist Jim Howard and Lester Holt of NBC evening news pronounced Cristobal correctly... Thank you

    EDITOR'S NOTE: There was a lot of discussion in the newsroom about the correct way to pronounce Cristobal. Note that the name does not have an accent over the "o", leading some to question whether to use the Spanish pronunciation. Let's hope we don't get to Hurricane Paloma or Tropical Storm Rene this year.
  • by Mister Monolingual Location: NC on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    Here's a better idea for "Senor" or anyone else who wants to make a big deal about the proper pronunciation of foreign names: For our purposes here in the US, why don't we just give storms good old Anglo-Saxon names that we all know how to pronounce, so we won't have to be "corrected" by people who think an English-speaking populace should know or care about how to pronounce Spanish-derived names? Why be politically correct and give storms Hispanic names anyway, only to listen to such "lessons" about foreign language? We're a nation of English speakers. Let's stay that way ... even in the naming of our storms and hurricanes! Sorry, Senor.
  • by crystal Location: washington on Jul 20, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    so when do you expect landfall for NC? and when will it start affecting washington in the way of strong winds and rain?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: On its current path the storm is not expected to make landfall.
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