"...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS OFF THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA...
AT 11 PM EDT...0300 UTC...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER SOUTH CAROLINA TO CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT NORTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING PAMLICO SOUND. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE
WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS...CONVECTION ASSOCIATED WITH THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OFF THE GEORGIA COAST HAS BECOME MORE CONCENTRATED
WITH AMPLE MID-LEVEL ROTATION. PERSISTENT NORTHWESTERLY WINDS FROM A SKIDAWAY INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY 50 METER TOWER A SHORT
DISTANCE WEST OF THE MAIN AREA OF CONVECTION INDICATE THAT THE CIRCULATION HAS BECOME BETTER DEFINED SINCE THIS AFTERNOON. CONSEQUENTLY...ADVISORIES ARE INITIATED ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE. ... "
It's now a tropical storm. This is the low pressure system that slowly crossed the Florida peninsula (west to east), giving us rain for about three days. Now it's sending drier air to us so our rain chances are down for the next couple days.
Update (7-21-08): Cristobal is paralleling the east coast and heading towards Nova Scotia. It looks like North Carolina isn't going to get the rain from Cristobal that they need.