Tropical Storm Watch issued for Dare County

Tropical Storm Watch issued for Dare County

Ronald Pratt
August 28, 2017

This system may develop into a tropical cyclone tonight or tomorrow as it moves up the SE coast.

The system is expected to move over the western Atlantic later today, and has a brief opportunity to become a tropical or subtropical depression during the next day or so before merging with a cold front, forecasters said.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the SC and North Carolina coasts.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely for the Carolina shoreline, especially Cape Hatteras. Most of the weekend will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 80s and lows in the 60s to near 70. The current forecast has the northeastern NC coastline seeing winds starting to build on Monday to 20-30 miles per hour from the NE, with rainy conditions and hazardous surf conditions to include life threatening rip currents through Wednesday.

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Current forecasts call for increasing winds and rough surf along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming week, according to the NWS.

People in all three states could see a tropical storm watch Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The system will intensify and deepen as it heads well east of New England on Wednesday afternoon, stirring up seas for mariners off the coast of Cape Cod and the Islands.

However, forecasts are subject to change; as Harvey has shown, a lot can happen in only 48 hours, so stay tuned for updates on Monday.