GREENSBORO, N.C. — And another one... Just like that, there's a new tropical storm. This one formed in our backyard here in the Carolinas, just off the coast of Wilmington, but it will actually be moving farther away from us.
Tropical Depression Fifteen formed Monday afternoon. NOAA Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm and determined it was now a tropical storm as of 5 PM Tuesday. Omar is expected to very short lived though and will likely only be a tropical storm less than a day before it weakens back down to a depression and continues it's path out to sea.
The track for Omar takes it toward the northeast, which will allow it to go deeper into the Atlantic. For North Carolina, some larger swells and rip currents are likely at the beaches, but any wind and rain are not very likely on the forecast track.
The 2020 hurricane season has been setting records for the number of storms to this point. Omar is now the earliest "O named storm on record. Nana also formed today and was the earliest "N" named storm on record, too.
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