Bonnie strengthens back to tropical depression off North Carolina

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Posted: Jun 02, 2016 11:52 AM

(Reuters) - Bonnie, the first tropical storm to reach the United States this year, has built back into a tropical depression after weakening earlier this week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

Tropical Depression Bonnie was located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Winds fueled by the storm system were gusting around 30 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour).

The center of Bonnie is expected to move away from the coast of North Carolina Thursday afternoon and night. The system is likely to dissipate back into a post-tropical low later in the week, the NHC added.

The storm was expected to dump up to three inches of rain over the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, forecasters said. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

(Reporting by Nithin Prasad and Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)