Chance of tropical storm off Southeast U.S. coast increases

Chance of tropical storm off Southeast U.S. coast increases

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A storm system off the coast of the Southeastern U.S. stands now at a 60% chance of developing into a tropical or sub-tropical storm, NOAA reported early Wednesday night.

According to National Hurricane Center officials, conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for development with a formation possible on Friday or Saturday.

The low-pressure system taking shape in the Atlantic, north of the Bahamas, has the potential to affect an area of the U.S. East Coast stretching from Florida to as far north as Washington, DC.

The storm could dump heavy rain and cause coastal flooding while producing high winds.

It could also just collapse into a big blob of rain clouds, and where it might come ashore is unknown. It might even just graze the coast and skip off into the North Atlantic.

The situation is fluid.

Bill Walsh and the First Alert weather team is monitoring and will have an update on all our broadcasts.

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