Tropical Depression 15 forms off North Carolina coast

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tropical Depression 15 has formed off the coast of North Carolina with winds of 35 mph.

Just before 4 p.m., a Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigated the system and measured it moving away from the coast at 10 mph with 45 mph winds.

The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory updated that wind speed to 35 mph.

By 11 p.m., the wind speeds were still at 35 mph and the storm was moving northeast at 14 mph.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, the storm was 140 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

Swells generated by the depression will likely cause life-threatening rip current conditions along the Outer Banks through Tuesday.

The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm on Tuesday. It would then be given the name “Nana.” it could be the earliest forming “N” named storm in history. The current record belongs to Nate which formed September 6, 2005.

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