It was named Gustav, and a tropical storm watch was issued for Cape Fear, N.C. north to the North Carolina-Virginia border. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.
At 5 p.m. EDT, Gustav was located near latitude 30.6 north, longitude 71.4 west. Forecaster James Franklin said that on its current track the storm will approach the Mid-Atlantic Coast late Monday or early Tuesday.
Some strengthening is expected, he said.
A new tropical depression also developed over the weekend. It had winds of 30 mph, but it quickly dissipated Sunday, 950 miles southeast of Bermuda.