Tropical Storm Bill strengthens as it races away from the Carolinas coast


11am Tropics Update: Tropical Storm Bill strengthened early this morning, with current max winds at 60mph. It also picked up speed, moving NE at 38 mph.

Bill should hold its strength throughout the rest of the day before weakening Wednesday as it moves further north.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Tropical Depression 2 has formed off the coast of North Carolina and it is moving to the northeast at 21 mph.

The system is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Bill later this evening. According to News13 meteorologist James Hopkins, the system will be a short-lived storm, possibly strengthening a little more throughout the day before heading into cooler waters near Nova Scotia on Wednesday.

The depression is forecast to strengthen to Tropical Storm Bill by the end of Monday. The good news is the systems appears to be moving to the northeast, away from the coast.

As of 11 a.m., the NHC said a well-defined low pressure system located off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, has acquired more tropical characteristics and has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical storm over the next 48 hours. The depression or storm will likely form Monday evening, according to the NHC.

The system is expected to move away from the U.S. and over cold waters south of Nova Scotia later this week, ending its development chances.

Another disturbance, a broad area of low pressure located over the Bay of Campeche is producing showers and thunderstorms, and has become better organized over the past day, the NHC said.

That system has a 20% of development in the next two days. A tropical depression could form late in the week as the system moves toward the central Gulf of Mexico.

The next named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will be Bill.

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