Tracking the Tropics: Tropical depression forms off coast of South Carolina

Tracking the Tropics

Editor’s note: Tropical Storm Danny has formed in the Atlantic off the coast of South Carolina.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic and Tropical Depression 4, which formed off the coast of South Carolina Monday morning.

Tropical Depression 4

Tropical Depression 4 formed off the coast of South Carolina Monday morning, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue a tropical storm warning for portions of the state.

At 11 a.m. Monday, TD 4 was about 145 miles east-southeast of Beaufort, South Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The storm was moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

The storm is forecast to pick up strength before it makes landfall in South Carolina Monday night. Tropical storm-force-winds are expected across portions of the South Carolina coast Monday afternoon and evening.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina.

The Hurricane Center said parts of South Carolina, Georgia and northern Alabama could see 1 to 3 inches of rain. A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels is possible from Port Royal Sound, South Carolina to the South Santee River. Swells generated by TD 4 could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along portions of the South Carolina coast Monday afternoon and evening.

Disturbance in the Atlantic

The Hurricane Center is also monitoring a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean. The system is producing a small cluster of showers and thunderstorms as it moves westward over the Atlantic toward the Lesser Antilles. It has a 40% chance of development over the next five days.

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