Tropical storm watch issued for NC coast

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Another wave of low pressure is LIKELY to develop into a tropical storm late tonight or early Monday. The system is forecast to move near the northeastern coast of SC and along the North Carolina coast Monday night and Tuesday.

The North Carolina coast needs to get ready for heavy rain and gusty winds, a tropical storm watch is now in effect.

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.

The forecast models keep the center of the system near the coast as it continues to move towards the northeast. If the system does acquire a name, the small craft advisory would be replaced with warnings of tropical storm hazards.

The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to become a tropical depression or tropical storm within the next day or so.

By Tuesday afternoon, the system will be pushing off the coast of the Outer Banks, and start to track out to sea. 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.

Coastal showers associated with the low will arrive as early as Monday morning.

The forecast track of what will soon become Tropical Storm Irma is right along the coast of SC and the Grand Strand through the day Monday and into Monday night.

A moderate risk of rip currents and a strong longshore current were predicted Sunday.