Tropical System Could Affect WNC

Forecasters expect a tropical system in the Caribbean to intensify and bring wind and rain to western North Carolina next week.  

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Depression 16.  

It's located just east of Central America, with winds of about 35-miles-per-hour.  

The storm is expected to grow stronger today, and be named Tropical Storm Nate, with winds of at least 40-miles-per-hour.  

Computer models have the storm becoming a minimal Category-One hurricane, with winds between 75-and-95-miles-per-hour, when it is forecast to landfall somewhere between Louisiana and Florida's Big Bend region by Sunday.  

It's expected to affect the western Carolinas as a tropical depression as early as Monday.

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