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Season's first tropical depression off Hatteras


It is only a threat to sailors and fish, but it is a reminder that the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season is on our doorstep.

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression 1 has formed in the Atlantic off the Carolina coast with top sustained winds of 35 mph. By Friday it could become the first named tropical storm of the new season, which opens officially on Monday. If so, it will be Tropical Storm Ana.

TD 1 is scooting off toward the northeast at a good clip, posing no threat to any land area. But you might not want to be on a boat in the region. I'm wondering how it is affecting the surf at Hatteras, or OC for that matter. Readers? Anyone at the beach?

Here's the advisory. Here's the forecast track map. And here's the view from orbit

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