Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Tropical Storm Watch issued for coastal SC, NC counties

Tropical Storm Watch issued for coastal SC, NC counties

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A disturbance in the western Atlantic is likely to become a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm in the next couple of days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for parts of North and South Carolina's coasts. Flood advisories remain in effect for much of the greater Tampa area.

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For Monday, this tropical system will start to move northward, along the Georgia and SC coast through midday. Rough surf, rip currents and coastal flooding are anticipated Monday and Tuesday along the coast from Georgia to the mid-Atlantic. Seaside cities, such as Wilmington, Morehead City, N.C., and Nags Head, N.C., could see localized amounts approaching four to five inches.

A trough of low pressure extending from the eastern Gulf of Mexico continues to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms. Six- to 10-foot swells from the south are possible well offshore, while closer to the coastline, winds will be more easterly.

Rain chances will increase throughout Monday as the storm system moves northeast. It will be windy at the coast this evening with 20-30 miles per hour wind gusts. Although strong upper-level winds could limit tropical storm formation, some subtropical development as the system moves northeast across the state of Florida, and into the Atlantic Ocean, could occur.

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