CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Latest on a storm forming off the coast of the Carolinas (all times local):
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say the possibility of a tropical storm forming off the coast of the Carolinas is diminishing.
While the storm edged closer to Charleston on Monday, the 5 p.m. advisory said Air Force reconnaissance found the disturbance “poorly organized.” Its forecast path still carries the storm near the South Carolina coast and along the North Carolina Outer Banks.
The storm is located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Charleston and about 185 miles (295 kilometers) southwest of Wilmington.
Maximum sustained winds remained near 40 mph (65 km/h). The latest advisory said although the disturbance has not become any better organized, forecasters said there is still potential for the system to become a tropical storm during the next 24 hours.
Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning Monday for part of the North Carolina coast as a potential tropical storm lingered off the Carolinas.
The National Hurricane Center issued the warning from Surf City north to Duck on the Outer Banks. The warning also included the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.
A tropical storm watch continues in effect from Georgetown to Surf City.
At 2 p.m. EDT Monday, the storm was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Charleston. It was moving north at about 9 mph (15 kph). Forecasters said the storm is expected to reach the Outer Banks on Tuesday. It could become a tropical depression or tropical storm later Monday or Tuesday.