Tropical Storm Watch issued for coastal SC, NC counties

Tropical Storm Watch issued for coastal SC, NC counties

Tropical Storm Watch issued for coastal SC, NC counties

The system could also bring heavy rain and thunderstorms "for a time" across portions of northeastern SC and southeastern North Carolina.

Late Sunday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for Georgetown and Horry counties in SC. There is a high potential this low pressure system could get stronger and become a tropical depression or a tropical storm. As of Sunday evening, the forecast track puts coastal communities at the greatest risk for heavy rain and gusty winds.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of the South and North Carolina coast from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.

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Earlier Sunday, the center said in a statement that a disturbance off the coast of Georgia had a 70 percent chance of "cyclone formation" within the next 48 hours.

If the system develops into a storm it will be named Irma. The system is expected to become post-tropical on Tuesday.

This area of low pressure is expected to strengthen as it moves northeastward.

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The storm is expected to cause rough seas and increasing winds along the Georgia, Carolina and Virginia coasts through mid-week, forecasters said.

In the near-term, this system will continue to enhance rainfall in the Florida Peninsula. The coast will see the rain start as early as Monday morning while inland areas won't see the heavy rain until late Monday into Tuesday.

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