Fiona Downgraded to a Tropical Depression
NEW BERN, Craven County - Tropical Storm Fiona has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as she loses momentum in the open Atlantic Ocean, and moving faster to the northwest.
The small system is located 570 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands moving west northwest at 18 mph. Maximum winds are near 40 mph.
There is lots of dry air surrounding the storm. In the next 48 hours it will encounter an area of stronger wind shear that will likely keep it from intensifying.
Fiona's strength will continue to decrease through the next 3 to 4 days, as additional upper level shear begin to pull her apart as she gets closer to Bermuda.
At this time it doesn't appear that Fiona will be a threat to Eastern North Carolina. But you should stay updated with us as we head through the weekend and into next week.
The peak of hurricane season is mid-September. There are two additional waves coming off the coast of Africa that have between 40 and 90% chance of development over the next 5 days. The stronger of the two waves is located just offshore of Africa, and has a 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.