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The National Weather Service Forecast Office out of Newport/Morehead City reports that prolonged, dangerous rip current/surf conditions and beach erosion will begin Monday and continue through the week as Hurricane Franklin passes offshore.

Localized ocean overwash along the Outer Banks is also possible during this time.

Additionally, Tropical Depression 10 (TD 10) has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The NWS expects this system to strengthen into a hurricane that will be named Idalia and will cross the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It will gradually weaken as it moves across the Southeast over the coming week. 

Impacts to eastern North Carolina from this storm could occur mid-to-late week, but the extent at this point is uncertain.

The forecast by NWS will be updated as more tracking information is gathered and can be found at

This is the time to make sure that you have completed your hurricane season preparations:

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