The tropical disturbance, originally dubbed 92L, has been pestering Florida with downpours for almost a week. The tropical storm warning brings with it flash flood warnings as well.
The Island Free Press will continue to monitor this system and will post updates as soon as they are available.
The center of the disturbance is now poorly defined. These are trying to organize into a tropical system, but haven’t been able to just yet.
Now forecasters are watching a second storm system in the middle of the Atlantic, which is now Tropical Storm Irma.
The models are pretty keen on making this the next named storm, and possibly Hurricane Jose over the next seven to 10 days. The most plausible scenario for a severe flooding hurricane involves one that loops back across our area such as tropical storm Gordon did in1994 concentrating heavy rain for several days. Swells will affect parts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina coasts during the next day or so, creating risky surf and rip currents.
“This is expected to move towards the north as we go through the day and through the night”, said Moss.
Before the rain and wind starts, secure items outside that could become projectiles. Northeast winds of 25-30 miles per hour with gusts to 40-45 miles per hour possible. The wind direction will vary from east to northeast and north and later northwest.
Either way, it will generate gale to storm force wind offshore, with seas building to 3 to 5 feet along our south coast. The gustiest winds, closer to 40 miles per hour, will occur at the beaches.
The increased wave action will also pose a risk to bathers much of this week. This will provide dry and pleasant weather across the area Friday through Saturday.
Monday: Rain and thunderstorms linger in Florida and spread into eastern North Carolina and eastern Virginia.
Quite cool and breezy with plenty of clouds and occasional rain and drizzle, especially from mid or late-morning on.
While Harvey continues to sit and spin over Texas bringing catastrophic flooding to parts of the Lone Star State, we are monitoring a potential tropical storm off the U.S. East Coast.
During the latter part of the week, the tropical feature will head out to sea over the North Atlantic. Harvey is now projected to briefly emerge offshore and then make a second landfall to the southwest of Houston as a tropical storm, which is absolutely awful news!
This new disturbance may approach the Leeward Islands next week.