Tropical Depression #9 poses a greater threat to the Cape Fear Region late week

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor Tropical Depression Nine in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It’s likely to strengthen into a tropical storm by sometime Wednesday and is expected to make landfall Thursday over the northern coast of Florida as a tropical storm. However, it is possible it could become a hurricane before landfall. Therefore, a hurricane watch has been posted for portions of the coast from near Tampa northwestward into the panhandle.

The latest forecast computer models have shifted the track of this system to the west and now have this system moving closer to the NC coast by Friday. This increases the threat for heavy rain and strong winds in the Cape Fear Region and residents are urged to stay tuned to the latest forecasts as a shift in the track will make a big difference on the local impacts. The good news is this will be a relatively fast moving storm and will be gone by most, if not all of the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

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