Rain, thunderstorms expected in SC as storm moves towards Louisiana

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Lowcountry Tuesday as a system in the Gulf of Mexico heads towards Louisiana.

Located about 305 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, Potential Tropical Cyclone Three is packing winds of 40 mph and is moving northwest at 8 mph.

Although the storm's center will not be anywhere near South Carolina, the moisture from the storm is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms for the next few days.

Before 6 a.m. Tuesday, rain was seen in Georgetown County and was expected soon in Moncks Corner and part of Dorchester County. By noon, the chance of rain in the Lowcountry will be 50 percent.

Tropical Storm Bret formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Venezuela on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. The storm is now churning off the coast of Venezuela about 75 miles from the Isla de Margarita.

Forecasters expect Bret to begin weakening Wednesday as it encounters an upper-level trough in the Caribbean and eventually degrade to a tropical depression before dissipating over the western Caribbean.

The next two hurricane names will be Cindy and Don. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in late April, becoming only the second tropical storm to form that early in the year in the satellite era, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Hurricane season officially began on June 1.

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