Disturbance could become tropical storm by Wednesday

Disturbance could become tropical storm by Wednesday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Hurricane Center says a tropical disturbance north of the Dominican Republic could become a tropical storm on Wednesday or Thursday.

Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased and the system has become better organized since Monday, meteorologists say. There is a 50 percent chance of formation within the next 48 hours.

The system was last reported a couple of hundred miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos.

"This system will not be a factor for us," Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said Tuesday.

The low-pressure system is forecast to move northward on Wednesday and then northwestward on Thursday before heading northeastward out to sea by the end of the week.

A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft is expected to investigate the system Wednesday afternoon if meteorologists deem it necessary.

If the system develops into a tropical storm, it would be assigned the name Otto and become the fifteenth named storm of the season.

Hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.

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