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Lee spawns tornado in Robeson County; Katia, Maria, & Nate continue

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- What was once Tropical Storm Lee had a major impact on one local community Tuesday evening. National Weather Service storm survey crews confirmed an EF0 (85 mph winds) tornado touched damage near Rennert in Robeson County. Several mobile homes were damaged, and a barn was destroyed. No major injuries were reported.

While Lee is now a memory, Katia will make it’s closest pass to us offshore today. For us, that will mean high surf and extremely dangerous rip currents. This threat will remain even after the storm has passed through early Saturday. 

The rest of the tropics remain extremely active. Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the central Atlantic, and could take a very similar path with Katia. It’s too close to call whether or not it will be a land threat, so we will need to watch it very closely. 

Tropical Storm Nate also formed Wednesday in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Like Lee, this system will be a slow mover and meander for several days – making it’s eventual track hard to pin down. Interestingly enough, which part of the Gulf Nate heads towards will have huge impacts on our weather, and the path of Maria.

You can always see the latest tropical updates at Hurricanes 101.

Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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