Meteorologists: Rough surf, rip currents threaten SC coast, new system forms

Meteorologists: Rough surf, rip currents threaten SC coast, new system forms

During the period of high tides tonight and Tuesday, expect to see coastal flooding in Jefferson County, and Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, and St. Mary Parishes.

Highest winds reached about 40 miles per hour (65 kph).

The storm system that could become Irma was expected to track up the mid-Atlantic coast Tuesday before moving out to sea Wednesday. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Carteret, Mainland Dare, Mainland Hyde, Outer Banks Dare, Outer Banks Hyde and Tyrrell counties.

The remnants of Harvey will have an impact on our weather for the Labor Day weekend. The heaviest rainfall is predicted for Thursday and Friday.

Although heavy rainfall has decreased, 2-4 inches are still possible across Calhoun County with winds from 30-40 miles per hour.

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At a little over half the size of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Harvey is not the largest tropical storm the world has seen this year. Most of this rain will be light, but I wouldn't rule out some localized 1-2-inch amounts along the Blue Ridge, where the lift of upslope flow may intensify and prolong rainfall. Still, it is definitely a system we will be watching very closely over the next week. Although there's been no significant increase in organization, forecasters said, conditions still favored the system becoming a tropical storm later Monday or on Tuesday.

"Downpours will continue over the Florida Peninsula into Monday night and will raise the risk of isolated urban and low-lying area flooding", according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Richard Schraeger. Rough surf and rip currents will be an issue at the beaches through Wednesday. The NHC says the disturbance has a 90 percent chance of tropical storm development in the next five days.

North Carolina will experience tropical storm-force winds today, although the system skimming the coast is not technically a tropical cyclone.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 24 to 48 hours.