Coastal residents watching potential tropical storm

New potential tropical system developing

A tropical storm warning is now in effect from north of Surf City to Duck, North Carolina, Albermarle Sound and Pamlico Sound. A tropical storm watch is in effect for northern SC and southern North Carolina from Myrtle Beach to Wilmington; a tropical storm warning is in effect from north of Surf City to Cape Hatteras and the NC Outer Banks. Heavy rainfall will lead to ponding water or road closures. The latest: * Red flag warnings posted along NC coast * Rain is expected today through Wednesday along the coast * The heaviest rain in the Triangle will be from midnight to 9 a.m. That may be enough to cause flooding across the coastal communities.

"We could get a minor tropical system", Sovine said. Now, at the start of the third week of monitoring, we're watching for the disturbance to potentially become Irma off the Southeast US.

The system will become Tropical Storm Irma when maximum sustained winds reach a speed of 39 miles per hour.

The NHC warned that the system, which is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms has become better organised and a tropical depression could form in a few days over the eastern Atlantic.

The system has begun to move northward and will accelerate Monday afternoon and Monday night.

Later tonight, the system will be moving along the coast of SC, moving northward off the North Carolina coast by Tuesday morning.

"We can expect windy conditions along the coast with high seas and unsafe rip currents", Sovine said.

Rain chances will increase throughout Monday as the storm system moves northeast. They advised keeping an eye on local media and following updates from the National Hurricane Center.

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