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Tropical Storm Danny weakens; watch issued on N.C. coast

Posted August 26, 2009
Updated August 27, 2009

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— Tropical Storm Danny weakened in the Atlantic Thursday afternoon but edged closer to the U.S. coast, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue a tropical storm watch for part of the North Carolina coast.

The watch – which means tropical storm conditions with winds 39-58 mph are possible within the watch area generally within 36 hours – is in effect from Cape Lookout northward to Duck, including the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.

Tropical Storm Danny 6 a.m. update Danny 10 p.m. update

At 11 p.m., Danny had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was about 485 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and moving north-northwest at 8 mph.

"It has a very well-defined circulation but the circulation is not underneath any of the thunderstorm activity, so the winds have actually weakened a bit during the course of the past 12 hours," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The storm is forecast to increase in forward speed and turn toward the northwest later Thursday night before turning toward the north at a faster speed on Friday.

"It will basically skirt the coast as we head toward the wee hours of Saturday morning, and then accelerate off to the north and east, away from the area, during the day on Saturday," Fishel said.

“It is quite possible it may never become a hurricane,” Meteorologist Mike Maze said.

It won't have an impact on the Triangle or central North Carolina, but the storm could have some impact along the coast, especially along the Outer Banks, he added.

That could mean a situation along the coast similar to what Hurricane Bill did last weekend, tropical storm winds bringing high, rough surf, dangerous rip tides and beach erosion.


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  • time4real Aug 27, 2009

    wow, you guys are endless. maybe someday there'll actually be a storm that we can all panic over!

  • ThatGuyAgain Aug 27, 2009

    Everybody RUN! It's GLOBAL WARMING! We're all gonna DIE! Oh, wait...never mind.

  • timothycapwell Aug 27, 2009

    Danny (or what's left of him) has been drifting west all day...weird!

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  • Deacons Aug 27, 2009

    this storm is a NON EVENT for NC.

  • rollrsk8ter Aug 27, 2009

    Here are just 3 to take a look at tracking.. national huricanne center... Able 1952, Alice 1953, Charlie 1980......Storms do not follow the instruction from the meteorologist computer's models. Are the meteorologist usually correct? Yes, usually pretty close on storms like this. But again they should be stressing for every storm everyone should be warned to be prepared when any storm is in the Atlantic, storms can change direction at any point in time.

  • rollrsk8ter Aug 27, 2009

    I can point to history of past hurricanes and stroms that have done a complete 360, with mother nature nothing is 100% postive by humans......everyone should be on guard when a storm is any where near, and WRAL weather people should be educating people of that!!!!! Shame on them!

  • soonerwolfie Aug 27, 2009

    No offense to the staff at WRAL and while I certainly understand weather is *hard* to predict, given their less than accurate past forecasts I feel less than comfortable when they state over and over again with certainty that the storm will most certainly NOT effect us. Yeah...

  • lma1973 Aug 27, 2009

    ughhh the storm is already to the west of us... it would have to move EAST to hit us!!! HELLO!

    Umm no its NOT!!!! the storm is to the EAST of us. You need a geography lesson?

  • Here kitty kitty Aug 27, 2009

    Oooh don't ever use the term "whatsoever" in regards to Mother Nature...has Ms. Gardner and Mr. Fishel forgotten the infamous ice storm?