System over Bahamas likely to become tropical depression, should stay off SC shore

VIDEO: Disturbance near Bahamas could develop along Carolina coastline this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - An area of showers and storms over the Bahamas is likely to become a tropical depression but should stay off South Carolina’s shores.

On Friday afternoon, Live 5 News Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said the area of low pressure is getting better organized with a now 90% chance of tropical development over the next five days, with a 70% chance of development in the next two days.

Walsh said the system should remain offshore, although it will increase our rain chances and elevate tides into next week.

Current forecast models show a trend where the system shifts away from the South Carolina coastline as a cold front pushes it off the coast.

"So there's some good timing with that cold front," Meteorologist Stephanie Sine said."We're definitely thankful for that. We'll take a cold front over a tropical system any day."

That cold front will increase rain chances through the weekend, especially on Sunday, which will bring some lower temperatures with highs in the mid to high 80s and lows in the 70s.

System becoming better organized

Officials with the National Hurricane Center say that the area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Bahamas extend for a few hundred miles.

“Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for additional development during the next several days, and a tropical depression could form over the weekend or early next week while the system moves near the coast of east-central Florida and then offshore of the southeast United States coast,” NHC officials said.

Forecasters say regardless of development, heavy rains are possible over portions of the central and northwest Bahamas, and the east-central and southeast Florida peninsula during the next few days.

Copyright 2019 WCSC. All rights reserved.