UPDATED: Second tropical storm of season forms; moderate risk of rip currents off Corolla

UPDATED, Tuesday 7 a.m.: The second tropical cyclone of the 2021 season has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bill. The center of circulation was located 335 miles northeast of the Outer Banks.

Due to the long period swell being produced by the system, a moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for the beaches off Corolla today. Only experienced surf swimmers should be in the ocean.

The National Hurricane Center said Bill is rapidly beginning to move northeast and should transition to a post-tropical cyclone by the end of the day.

Forecasters are watching two areas of interest for possible tropical development, including an area of disturbed weather in the southern Gulf of Mexico that could intensify by the weekend.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, with the National Hurricane Center predicting another busy year of named storms.

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