Tropical Storm Watch issued for NC, SC coasts

Casey Dawson
August 28, 2017

Tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of the South and North Carolina coast from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.

The NHC has given Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten a high chance of formation into a tropical depression or storm within the next day or so before it merges with a front.

Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall Friday night between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Texas as a category 4 hurricane.

RAINFALL IMPACTS: Locally heavy rain will be likely at times late Monday for areas near the beaches.

As of 2:00 p.m. EST, an elongated area of low pressure, previously located over northeast Florida, emerged over the western Atlantic. The system may produce rain amounts from 2 to 4 inches along the SC coast.

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Much like Hurricane Harvey, the disturbance is now almost stationary, but it should eventually hit steering winds that will push it northeast at a good pace.

Regardless of whether the system is tropical or non tropical, gusty winds and rough seas are expected along the coast with enhanced chances of rip currents.

Additionally, the low-pressure system in tandem with strong high pressure over the Northeast will create an onshore wind flow. 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.

"Conditions over the waters are going to be pretty rough, with unsafe rip currents and hazardous seas", said Emily Timte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

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