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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Storm brewing off North Carolina coast threatens to become first hurricane of the season

Storm threats could signal an early start to the Atlantic hurricane season.

A swirling mass of thunderstorms off the South Carolina coast has a 50 per cent chance of developing into a tropical depression or a tropical storm, weather forecasters said on Saturday.

The weather disturbance was in the Atlantic Ocean about 120 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

‘Showers and thunderstorms have increased near the circulation center,’ they said.

‘Additional development of this system is possible and it could become a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves slowly southward or westward over the next day or so.’

A southerly course would take it over the Bahamas while a westerly track would take it ashore over North and South Carolina. Read More