UPDATED: Offshore Storm Will Pull Away Tonight

The area of low pressure that has brought clouds and some rain to our area over the previous few days is slowly beginning to slide out to sea. The storm was centered about 350 miles southeast of the North Carolina coast Wednesday evening and was moving slowly to the east and away from our coast. Clearing skies with a return to much warmer temperatures will occur on Thursday as highs reach well into the 80s.

As far as named storms forming in the month of May, it is a fairly rare occurrence. Since 1886, only 14 tropical storms have formed. That's about 1 every 9 years on average. Only 3 hurricanes have formed in May, or about 1 every 42 years.

When severe weather strikes, stay tuned to WITN for the latest from Advanced VIPIR. Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty and meteorologists Jim Howard, Bob Trihy and Greg Armbrecht will work around the clock to give you the latest information and any warnings.

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