WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Tropical Storm Dennis has drifted a bit to the south and is weakening slowly. At 5 a.m. EDT today, Dennis was located 145 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
The storm's maximum sustained winds of near 60 mph. Dennis' tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center of the storm.
NHC forecasters expect Dennis to begin moving westward within the next 24 hours. In the current forecast, Dennis should make landfall near Wilmington, NC, during the day on Sunday as a tropical storm with winds near 60 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, NC, including Pamlico Sound. Coastal flooding and beach erosion are the primary threats from Dennis. A heavy surf advisory remains in effect for the North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey shorelines.
There is little precipitation on land and little thunderstorm activity at sea associated with Dennis.
No shelters are currently reported open in North Carolina, though some evacuation orders remain in force.