UPDATED: Instead of Nana, we get Omar

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Tropical Depression 15 off the N.C. coast has become Tropical Storm Omar. We missed our chance at “Nana,” which developed out of Tropical Depression 16 this morning near Jamaica.

Omar is expected to be short-lived and poses no threat to land, besides a higher risk of rip currents. The storm, with a maximum wind speed of 40 mph, was moving east, northeast this evening, about 225 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

“This general motion is forecast through Wednesday, followed by a turn toward the east by Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center said. “On the forecast track, Omar will continue to move away from North Carolina.”

Little change in Omar’s strength is expected overnight, followed by weakening beginning on Wednesday night. Omar is then expected to degenerate into a remnant area of low pressure by late Thursday.

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