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STORMTRACK 3: System to remain south of our area, but indirect effects posible

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  An area of low pressure continues to slowly organize off the southeastern US coast. The storm could attain tropical or subtropical characteristics later this weekend. 

Most computer models indicate the storm will NOT landfall in southeastern NC. Instead, the system will eventually track SW toward Georgia and Florida. We will still see a few indirect effects, including an increase in the chance for spotty showers (some heavy). However, we will see a little sunshine at times (enough to reach highs near 80).

Perhaps the biggest impact from the storm will be the high risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches both Saturday and Sunday. With the crowded beaches, this is a big concern. Make sure you heed warnings of lifeguards at all times. 

Just to recap our forecast:

  • Saturday- Partly sunny with a 50% chance of heavy showers. Highs near 80. Winds out of the NE at 15-25 mph and gusty. At the coast, seas average 5-8 feet with a high rip current risk.
  • Sunday- Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of heavy showers. Winds out of the SE, gusting to 30 mph. Highs in the 70’s. Rip current risk remains high, with seas of 5-7 feet.
  • Stay tuned to WWAY for updates, and head to Hurricanes 101

– Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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