Tracking Heavy Showers, Tropical Disturbance Off Coast

Saturday evening Tropics check (8/26/2017)

Weather system could turn tropical off Carolinas coast

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.

By Tuesday afternoon, the system will be pushing off the coast of the Outer Banks, and start to track out to sea.

If the system develops into a tropical storm, it will be given the name Irma.

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Some of the heaviest rains locally in recent days occurred in the Cooper City area, Baxter said, with radar indicating accumulations of up to 6 inches.

The area of low pressure is forecast to move away from our coast late Tuesday, decreasing rain chances from southwest to northeast across the state. That rainfall could contribute to localized flooding from a tropical moisture surge associated with this system.

Closer to home, there is a broad low pressure stretching across north-central Florida producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

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Monday night, the system will be moving along the coast of SC, moving northward off the North Carolina coast by Tuesday morning. Occasional wind gusts over 40 miles per hour will be there, but unless they're stronger, wind damage is not expected. Strong and damaging winds are not likely.

Tuesday: Rain and gusty winds are expected along the mid-Atlantic coast. Rough surf will bring a greater danger to swimmers and surfers with rip currents as well.

Sunday: Heavy rain and gusty winds are possible from South Florida into coastal Georgia and the southern coast of SC.

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