NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A storm is moving off the North Carolina coast, but forecasters say the chance of it becoming tropical are dropping.
The National Weather Service issued a tropical from Cape Lookout, North Carolina to Duck along the Outer Banks. A tropical storm watch from Little River, South Carolina, to Surf City has been discontinued.
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As of 2 p.m., the storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving northeast at 20 mph. It is now about 20 miles west-northwest of Cape Hatteras.
The National Weather Center reports that the chances of this system will probably not become a named tropical storm, and instead become extra-tropical by Tuesday evening.
Heavy Rain/minor flooding, strong winds, large waves and minor coastal flooding expected today as a coastal low moves across the area. pic.twitter.com/EVPB4Q8trL— NWS Wakefield (@NWSWakefieldVA) August 29, 2017
Poor weather conditions are still expected across the area on Tuesday, regardless of whether or not the storm is given a name. The system could bring up to 3 inches of rain to the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads, before it heads out to sea on Tuesday night.
The forecast track is to take it right through Hampton Roads on Tuesday. This means tropical storm conditions are likely for at least some portions of Hampton Roads, with the main threats being gusty winds, excessive rainfall and coastal flooding.
Parts of Norfolk became flooded during Tuesday's morning rush hour, with several cars becoming stalled out. Remember to never drive your vehicle into water of unknown depth!
The City of Norfolk has opened a parking garage for residents, ahead of anticipated tidal flooding on Tuesday afternoon.
Dominion Energy crews worked to prepare the region, since potential high winds could cause outages throughout the area.
As of 1:50 p.m., approximately 3,080 customers were without power in Hampton Roads, with the majority in the cities of Norfolk and Hampton.
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Across Hampton Roads and in the Outer Banks, cities already have a plan in place in the event a storm does hit the area.
Dare County said on Monday that residents and visitors should prepare now, before the storm's arrival.
In Chowan County, North Carolina, officials said they expect rain total between Monday and Wednesday will range from 3 to 5 inches. No evacuations are anticipated for Chowan County or the Town of Edenton at this time.
In Virginia Beach, their top priority is saving lives. According to their emergency operations plan, that includes protecting the health and safety of the public, first responders, and recovery workers. Those efforts are coordinated through a city framework. They're encouraging people to put away items that can blow around.
Before the rain and wind starts, secure items outside that could become projectiles. https://t.co/Tg2vh5HcYS— Virginia Beach (@CityofVaBeach) August 28, 2017
In Norfolk, safety officials meet once a month to discuss their plan. The city's Department of Emergency Management sent out an alert late Sunday night., saying they're monitoring the weather. 13NewsNow is told Public Works is also clearing storm drains.
Emergency Operations Center staff monitoring tropical system which is forecasted to produce elevated levels of tidal flooding over the next— Norfolk EOC (@TeamNorfolkEOC) August 27, 2017
In Hampton, Emergency Management is keeping city departments updated on what to expect. The city has evacuation zone maps available on its website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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