Cristobal expected to become hurricane, stay east of NC's coast

Posted August 24, 2014

Tropical Storm Cristobal

— Tropical Storm Cristobal will likely become a Category 1 hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday, but it is not expected to hit North Carolina's coast.

Tropical Storm Cristobal Cristobal's forecast path

The forecast track shows Cristobal heading straight for North Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday and then taking a sharp right turn early Thursday, keeping it out in the ocean.

"It’s been a very uncertain storm, as far as projecting its path," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "There’s still some uncertainty associated with it now, but a little more confidence that maybe it’s going to be staying east of North Carolina."

If Cristobal stays in that path, it will have minimal impacts on North Carolina. Higher surf and rip currents are possible.

"There is a small chance of tropical storm force winds – 10 or 20 percent – over eastern North Carolina," Moss said. "All of that should be dying down by the holiday weekend if it stays within this forecast fan."

Tracking the Tropics Interactive hurricane tracker

Cristobal strengthened from a tropical depression Sunday morning and dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Cristobal originally formed as depression over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday. It was the fourth depression of the Atlantic hurricane season.


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  • John Gardner Aug 25, 2014
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    By the way WRAL, it is pronounced "chris toe ball" not "chris toebull". Geezzz.

  • Joseph Smith Aug 25, 2014
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    The Farmers Almanac predicts a cold winter. They are much more accurate than the US over paid weather center do nothings.
    The global cooling predicted in the 70's maybe coming true.

  • jmcdow2792 Aug 25, 2014

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    That (Al Gore's) idea has been around for 30 years now. Looks like we would be seeing some of it by now.

  • Knightwolf Aug 25, 2014

    I think Al Gore is with Al Jazeera.

  • moomoo Aug 25, 2014

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    Which TV station is Al Gore with?

  • Joseph Smith Aug 25, 2014
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    What happened to the increase in number of hurricanes Al Gore predicted????

  • busyb97 Aug 25, 2014

    Just in time to cause rip currents for Labor Day weekend potentially. BE CAREFUL if going to the beach.