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As Gabrielle moves on, thunderstorms to bring some rain


RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's first tropical storm of the year did virtually nothing to ease drought in the few coastal counties it touched.

So the state's hopes today have turned to a forecast of scattered storms in the mountains.

Still, that storm system isn't expected to bring enough rain to ease dangerous dryness across North Carolina.

Life is returning to normal on the Outer Banks as anemic Gabrielle weakened from a tropical storm to a tropical depression and moved away from the coast.

But forecasters have called for a slight chance of storms starting tomorrow and increasing through the week. They say much of the state could see a 30 to 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and scattered showers for the next several days.

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