The Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from South Santee River, South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina. The combination of warm water, and weak wind shear means this is system may develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm.
The hurricane center expected the system to merge with a cold front in the next few days. That rainfall could contribute to localized flooding from a tropical moisture surge associated with this system.
Periods of scattered rain and heavy downpours through this evening for our area. The mountains of western North Carolina will enjoy lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s.
Although the potential impacts are within 36 hours, given the uncertainty in whether tropical storm force winds will occur on land in northeastern SC and southeastern North Carolina, south, a tropical storm watch has been issued for these areas.
Moderate to strong rip currents and high and rough surf conditions along with rain and thunderstorms that may turn heavy across portions of the area are expected through the early week.
Tuesday: Rain and gusty winds are expected along the mid-Atlantic coast. Rain total may reach locally one to three inches near the coast, but should not be enough to cause significant flooding.
The Hurricane Center may initiate advisories for the potential development of a tropical cyclone off the Southeast coast as early as this afternoon, DiGiorgi said in a release.