Tropical Storm

Morning on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Outer Banks Real Estate / Flickr Creative Commons

A storm is moving off the North Carolina coast but forecasters say the chance of it becoming tropical are dropping.

Morning on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Outer Banks Real Estate / Flickr Creative Commons

A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of the North Carolina coast as a potential tropical storm approaches the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center on Monday issued the warning from Surf City north to Duck on the Outer Banks.

police block a road entering Cedar Key, Fla.
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Updated Saturday 9:00 p.m.

Dare County Emergency Management says all major roads and bridges are now open. Flooding was worse than expected, as the back end of Hermine came through the Outer Banks. Ferries are expected to begin operating on Sunday, and the mandatory evacuation of visitors will likely be lifted.

Route 12 on Hatteras Island was cut in five locations by Hurricane Irene.
Steve Helber / AP

The National Hurricane Center will be providing new warnings about storm surge starting next year. 

In the past, hurricane warnings have been issued based on wind predictions. Now, storm surge will be taken into account as well.

Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center says that is especially important for states like North Carolina.

"I can't just say that storm surge is going to be bad in North Carolina because in some places it is going to catastrophic and in the next community over it might not be so bad," Rhome says.

A picture of the sun setting behind the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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AAA is forecasting the busiest July 4th travel weekend since 2001, in part because of a recovering economy. But with a tropical storm headed toward the Outer Banks, travelers might end up making other plans.

It's not yet clear whether Tropical Storm Arthur will make landfall in North Carolina, but Dare County is readying its hurricane action plan, just in case.

On the other side of the state, tourism is up already in Asheville this summer.

An aerial view of Tropical Storm Arthur.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the coast of Florida, and is headed toward North Carolina. It isn't clear yet whether it will make landfall later this week.

Cyndy Holda of the Outer Banks Group of National Parks said local governments and businesses have hurricane action plans in place. However, she said, the Independence Day weekend is an inconvenient time for a storm to hit the beaches.

Tropical Storm Karen as it moved over Florida Saturday.
NASA

The remnants of Tropical Storm Karen are floating over the east coast and dropping light rain in western North Carolina. 

The storm dissipated as it moved over the gulf coast this weekend.  Meteorologist Brandon Vincent says a cold front will push rain from Karen toward central and eastern North Carolina Monday.

Tropical Storm Andrea as it moved over Florida and toward North Carolina.
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Heavy rain continues Friday morning as Tropical Storm Andrea moves toward North Carolina. 

Flash flood warnings were in effect in the Triangle while the coast remained under a tropical storm warning.  Tornado watches were also in effect for Rocky Mount, Wilson Goldsboro and the surrounding areas.