"Low pressure is expected to develop offshore of the Southeast Coast Sunday or Monday and may take on tropical or subtropical characteristics by the time it makes its closes approach to the northeast SC and southeast North Carolina", according to a bulletin on the weather system issued by the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, N.C. 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.
Even if the storm is not named, impacts will still be felt along our coast.
A trough of low pressure extending from the eastern Gulf of Mexico continues to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms. That rainfall could contribute to localized flooding from a tropical moisture surge associated with this system. The showers may be slow to move into central parts of the state Monday.
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"Regardless of development, the low is expected to cause increasing winds and rough surf along the coasts of Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia through mid-week", NHC said. It is located at 31.2 degrees north and 80.0 degrees west with winds at 35 miles per hour. Strong and damaging winds are not likely.
The heaviest rains Sunday were expected in the Naples area, Baxter said.
"Conditions over the waters are going to be pretty rough, with risky rip currents and hazardous seas", said Emily Timte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.