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Tropical disturbance brushes NC coast, heading out to sea

Whether the disturbance becomes a tropical storm named Irma remains to be seen. (Source: NHC) Whether the disturbance becomes a tropical storm named Irma remains to be seen. (Source: NHC)

(RNN) - A tropical disturbance is brushing against the coast of North Carolina, but its long-term plans call for a trip out northeast into the Atlantic Ocean.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said they doubt it will strengthen into a tropical storm named Irma before becoming extratropical later Tuesday, 

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, the tropical disturbance was located 30 miles south-southeast of Jacksonville, NC, and 35 miles west-southwest of Cape Lookout, NC, moving northeast at 17 mph with maximum-sustained winds of 40 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Cape Lookout to Duck, NC, including Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound. 

The system is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of rain along the North Carolina and Virginia coast, reaching into the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia area by Wednesday. The heavy rain may cause flooding in some areas.

Forecasters also expect hazardous surf, swells and strong wind with this storm.

Wind shear is affecting its ability to organize, but a trough in the next day or so may help it to gain strength.

It's expected to reach hurricane strength in a couple of days before eventually being absorbed into a low.

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