Tracking Heavy Showers, Tropical Disturbance Off Coast

It is expected to move closer to South Carolina's northeastern coast and North Carolina's coast Monday night and into Tuesday.

If the system develops into a storm it will be named Irma.

Low pressure near the Georgia, South Carolina coast continues to produce a large area of thunderstorms off shore. The National Hurricane Center says there is a moderate chance it could develop into a weak tropical system.

Regardless of how the system develops, the low was expected to cause increased winds and rough surf along the Georgia, North and SC coasts on Sunday and through mid-week.

As of Sunday afternoon it was located about 60 miles off the coast of Georgia. The coast will see the rain start as early as Monday morning while inland areas won't see the heavy rain until late Monday into Tuesday.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the system is expected to become a tropical storm tonight or Monday. It is also possible that this system will merge with a front in the region before development occurs. That rainfall could contribute to localized flooding from a tropical moisture surge associated with this system. The mountains of western North Carolina will enjoy lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s.

There is a high risk for rip currents at our area beaches.

On the forecast track, the system will move slowly toward the SC coast tonight and Monday.

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