First Alert Forecast: TD Nine & Ten form, heavy surf & rips from Fiona... also fall air arrives!

Your First Alert Forecast from Fri. afternoon, Sept. 23, 2022
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 2:12 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2022 at 11:40 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Happy Friday to you! The first full day of fall will feature classically cool and dry fall temperatures following the passage of an overnight cold front. Have a sweatshirt ready to go the next couple of mornings for brisk temperatures in the 50s and 60s first thing Friday and 70s by the afternoon!

Ocean water temperatures ought to remain in the enticing lower 80s, despite the cold front, for the next few days. Swell from the distant but powerful Hurricane Fiona continues to cause concern for any maritime plans. Purposeful breakers of three to five and locally six or more feet, plus a high risk of rip currents should be expected through the weekend.

In the tropics: Tropical Depression Nine formed out of Invest 98L in the Caribbean Sea. The most likely scenario for TD Nine: it develops into a tropical storm named Hermine or Ian and intensifies as it tracks over or near Florida next week. It is possible, but far from a guarantee, the Carolinas will feel part of this system by late next week; specifics and impacts are yet undefinable, but stay tuned!

Tropical Depression Ten has also formed out of Invest 90-L in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to strengthen, possibly into a Tropical Storm, this weekend before weakening amid harsh upper level winds by early next week.

Fiona remains one of many noteworthy items on the Atlantic tropical scene. Its core will make it closest pass to Bermuda Friday before moving north toward the coast of Nova Scotia. Farther east, Tropical Storm Gaston remains zero threat to North America.

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