Tropical Storm Cristobal gains some strength

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Tropical Storm Cristobal has gained a little strength as it cuts a slow path off the North Carolina coast.

It's expected to dump several inches of rain in parts of the drought-stricken state. The storm's heaviest winds and rains have stayed well offshore, though it's led to strong rip currents along the beaches.

Cristobal was about 105 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras this morning. The National Hurricane Center says it's moving at about 6 miles an hour with maximum sustained winds of about 50 miles per hour. The storm will likely skirt the Outer Banks today.

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect from northern South Carolina up to the North Carolina-Virginia state line.

The Associated Press contributed these reports.