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Atlantic Storm Could Cause Problems on S.C. Coast

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic with a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next two days and a 70 percent chance in the next five.

Currently located roughly 150 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the disturbance, referred to by the NHC as 99L, has organized since yesterday, becoming better defined and producing more rain.

If it develops into a tropical storm it will be given the name Gert, but even if that happens it isn’t expected to become a hurricane according to AccuWeather, as conditions for such development are unfavorable.

The most likely path for 99L will take it in a northwestern direction before it turns northward, keeping a healthy distance from the east coast, reports the NWS.

It should then get pushed off to the northeast by a non-tropical system and absorbed, reports AccuWeather.

Even though 99L should not approach the east coast, its effects could still be felt in the form of rough waters and an increased risk for rip currents.

“It does not appear that it is going to be a direct threat to the U.S., so that is good,” said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen. “But folks along the coast should be paying attention to the increased risk of rip currents and surf.”

AccuWeather reports that coastal effects could be felt throughout the weekend and into Monday.

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