City of Charleston preps for heavy rains, possible tropical system

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A tropical depression is moving over Cuba on a course headed in the direction of the South Carolina coast. The storm continues to generate widespread thunderstorms and strong gusty winds to near Tropical Storm force.

Tropical depression 16 could travel northeast and make landfall in the U.S. and come along the South Carolina coast by Thursday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds with it. If it does, the Lowcountry could see six to 10 inches of rain by Thursday night.

The City of Charleston issued a statement Tuesday afternoon stating officials were preparing for more heavy rain and flooding.

"The City of Charleston works year round to be prepared as possible for weather-related emergencies. We will monitor this event and keep our residents informed of any issues they may need to know. Stay tuned to our local weather and be prepared," said Mayor Joe Riley.

The system could become Tropical Storm Nicole by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The current path takes the center of storm slightly east of Charleston by Thursday morning. At that point, the storm could have winds of 45 miles per hour.

There is an 80 percent chance of this system becoming a tropical or subtropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. The storm is expected to dump lots of rain on the Lowcountry on Wednesday and Thursday.

Heavy rains and strong gusty winds to tropical storm force are expected to affect the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cuba Tuesday.

After a record amount of rain Monday, the region will get a chance to dry out a bit Tuesday as clouds break up and allow some sunshine to return to the Lowcountry.

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