Tropical storm watch issued for NC coast

Screenshot from Marine Traffic

Screenshot from Marine Traffic

GFS depicts a fast forming tropical disturbance along the East Coast this week.

The system is forecast to move near the northeastern coast of SC and along the North Carolina coast Monday night and Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center says there's a tropical storm watch in effect, meaning a system of clouds and thunderstorms could occur.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina has issued a tropical storm watch after low pressure off the Georgia Coast may become a tropical storm as it moves northward towards the SC and North Carolina coast Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. All the while, heavy tropical rain will start to form and head onshore in the coastal Carolinas. The mountains of western North Carolina will enjoy lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s.

Low astronomical tides mean that anything more than minor coastal splashover and flooding appears unlikely. At this current time, Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to move northward, closer to Houston, by the middle of the next work week.

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday with wind speeds predicted at 20 to 25 miles per hour and seas at 4 to 6 feet higher than normal, according to the advisory.

While forecast confidence for the rest of the week has not improved greatly due to uncertainty with Harvey's low pressure center, rain chances could gradually increase toward late week IF some of its moisture tries to move in our direction.

Stay with WJCL 22 News for updates.

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