Disturbance off Florida coast could become Tropical Storm Irma

Environmental conditions were forecast to be conducive for some development over the next several days as the system moves to the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Ten Eastern Carolina counties are under a tropical storm warning as a coastal low could soon become a named storm.

This morning, thunderstorms are starting to organize off the coast of Georgia. Tropical storm watches/warnings are in effect from near Charleston, SC all the way north to Duck, NC. Up to three to six inches of rain is expected within most of the watch area with localized higher amounts possible. 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. An area of heavy storms off the coast of Georgia will track toward N.C. later today and tonight, and could become Tropical Storm Irma along the way.

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

A tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for the North Carolina coast as the system designated "Potential Tropical Storm 10" continues to strengthen and could earn the name Irma, ABC11 Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker said. All the while, heavy tropical rain will start to form and head onshore in the coastal Carolinas. "As of now, the SC coast could see up to 5" of rain, while the North Carolina coast could see upwards up 10" in spots.

Formation chance through the next two days are high, with a 90 percent chance of formation, the National Hurricane Center said.

  • Megan Austin