Another tropical system seems to be developing near the East Coast and may foil some weekend plans.
A developing area of low pressure just east of Jacksonville, Florida may become a tropical storm by the weekend. So far the system is just producing some showers across northern Florida and southern Georgia. The rain from this system will likely spread northward into the eastern sections of South Carolina on Friday and into Eastern North Carolina on Saturday regardless of whether it becomes a tropical storm. To reach tropical storm status a system must have a counterclockwise circular rotation over 80° water and sustained winds of 39 mph. Water temperatures are in the lower 80s off the Florida coast so it certainly is not out of the question that a tropical storm could develop. Actually, it is a little early for hurricanes on the North Carolina coast. Bertha was the last hurricane to hit our area directly and that occurred in July, 1996, and was the only hurricane to hit our coast during that month over the past 100 years. It will be wise to keep an eye on this storm over the weekend, especially folks with beach plans.