A tropical storm warning for Eastern North Carolina has been canceled as tropical storm Claudette is moving away from the area Monday morning, forecasters say.
Claudette restrengthened to a tropical storm after weakening to a tropical depression Saturday as it moved inland after making landfall in Louisiana. It brought heavy rains and strong winds to some areas as it moved over Eastern North Carolina.
The National Weather Service had issued a tropical storm warning from Little River Inlet near the North and South Carolina border to Duck, North Carolina, which is near the Virginia border, and for the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds. But all warnings were discontinued in the weather service’s 8 a.m. update.
Claudette was located over the western Atlantic Ocean and was moving away from the coast as of the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. forecast update.
“Some additional slight strengthening is possible over the western Atlantic Ocean today. Claudette is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone Tuesday afternoon and dissipate late Tuesday night,” the NHC says.
The northern part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks could still get up to an inch of rain over the next few hours, and isolated flooding is possible, the NHC says. But heavy rain is expected to continue diminishing.
In parts of central North Carolina, remnants of Claudette brought showers and thunderstorms late Sunday, with areas under severe thunderstorm warnings. But skies are expected to be “mostly sunny” by Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service says.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, Claudette was located 90 miles south of Ocean City, Maryland, and 330 miles south/southwest of Montauk Point, New York, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
Tropical storm-force winds — which range from 39 mph to 73 mph — extend up to 140 miles from the storm’s center.
Claudette was moving east, northeast at 28 mph, the NHC says.