Tropical storm watch issued for NC coast

Tropical Storm Watches Issued for the Carolina Coast; Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten to Scrape Southeast Coast
Weather Blog: Tracking Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten off Georgia coast

28 August, 2017

Regardless of how the system develops, the low was expected to cause increased winds and rough surf along the Georgia, North and SC coasts on Sunday and through mid-week.

SUNDAY NIGHT DETAILS: Cool high pressure will help keep mostly dry conditions around the Carolinas, although clouds will gradually increase throughout the overnight hours.

The hurricane center said tropical storm watches could be needed for parts of the Carolinas later today. Right now Harvey has weakened to a tropical storm and will continue to weaken while it is over land. - no local impacts. The National Hurricane Center says there is a moderate chance it could develop into a weak tropical system.

Either way, unsettled weather is in the forecast with blustery winds and increasing chances of rain and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

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Note that north of Duck, North Carolina, hazards from this system will be handled with non-tropical products issued by local National Weather Service offices.

"The main impacts for the beaches will be heavy rainfall, which will add up to 3" to 6". That would result in gusty northeast winds, high surf, rip currents and possible coastal flooding from Georgia to the mid-Atlantic. Occasional wind gusts over 40 miles per hour will be there, but unless they're stronger, wind damage is not expected.

Computer forecast models show the storm moving very close to the coasts of South and North Carolina before heading off to the northeast and out to sea.

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