Storm heading up East Coast could become Tropical Storm Irma

The system is expected to strengthen and become a tropical storm Sunday night or Monday.

Currently, the system was approximately 40 miles south of Charleston and 185 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Harvey will remain a tropical storm is it dumps 10-20 more inches of rain along the Houston/Galveston areas of Texas.

All the while we’re watching for the development of a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Irma by late tonight into early Tuesday.

The area of disturbed weather over Florida we’ve been watching for days has now moved into the Atlantic and now stands a good chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

Richmond is more likely to have some modest rain amounts on the order of 0.5-inch to 1 inch.

The storm is expected to move slowly toward the SC coast Monday and is expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday. Wind shear is affecting its ability to organize.

But it is nevertheless expected to develop into an intense post-tropical or extra-tropical system as it tracks northeastward across southern Canadian waters on Wednesday and Thursday.

Southern/Eastern Midlands: Cloudy, breezy, showers and scattered thunderstorms, some rain will be heavy. Minor flooding is likely and will worsen around the time of high tides.

The increased wave action will also pose a risk to bathers much of this week.

Beach hazards from the system include moderate to strong rip currents and high, rough surf through the weekend and early into next week, according to the bulletin. Bathers should exercise caution and venture into the water only where lifeguards are still on duty.

Even that scenario wouldn’t be enough to trigger flooding here.

Here in the Piedmont, we’re only expecting a few scattered showers from this system, mainly Monday night and Tuesday.

This new disturbance may approach the Leeward Islands next week.

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