NHC: System in Atlantic an 80% chance of tropical development


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Forecasters continue to monitor a developing area of low pressure east of the Bahamas.

The system remains disorganized, but atmospheric conditions are expected to improve over the next couple of days as the system begins to move closer to the U.S. southeast coast. Various forecast computer models have the system somewhere off the Carolina coast this Memorial Day weekend which certainly could put a damper on vacationers’ plans for the unofficial start of the summer vacation season.

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The details on the strength and track of this system and whether it gains tropical characteristics or not will play a key role in what southeastern NC can expect. Regardless, rain chances will increase this weekend as east to southeasterly winds pump in plenty of Atlantic moisture.

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Also, worth noting are the real possibility for conditions favorable to produce dangerous rip currents to increase over the weekend. As the system becomes better organized, the details on this system should become clearer. Right now, the National Hurricane Center gives this system a 80% chance for it to develop into a tropical or sub-tropical system.

People with interests along the Carolina coast need to closely monitor the latest forecasts on the progress of this potential storm.