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Hurricane center watching area of disturbance of East Coast

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With 22 days left of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is eyeing another potential threat Monday morning near the U.S. East Coast.

The non-tropical low pressure system with storm-force winds is located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the NHC said in its 2 a.m. update.

The low has a 20% chance of developing into a tropical depression by the end of the week, but the system is forecast to drift east-northeastward over the next several days, where it could gradually lose its frontal characteristics by mid-week in the subtropical Atlantic Ocean, the NHC said.

Models show the system could develop subtropical characteristics while it moves eastward or east-northeastward over the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean.

If another system forms, it will pull a name from an auxiliary alphabet set up by the WMO, starting with the name Adria. Only two other seasons have had to venture into a supplemental alphabet: 2005 and 2020.

Earlier this year, WMO retired its use of the Greek alphabet to designate storms due to confusion over similar sounding letter: Eta, Theta and Iota.

The end of hurricane season is Nov. 30.

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