Monday, June 27, 2022

As Hurricane Harvey makes landfall, potential storm heads towards North Carolina

North Carolina could see it's first tropical system of the year next week, as a system of strong thunderstorms moves into the Atlantic over the weekend. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY NHC)
North Carolina could see its first tropical system of the year next week, as a system of strong thunderstorms moves into the Atlantic over the weekend. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY NHC)

WILMINGTON — With an above average hurricane season predicted for 2017, could North Carolina see its first hurricane of the year in the coming week?

While Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas, an area of low pressure and thunderstorms has been brewing off the Gulf Coast of Florida. This weather system, although somewhat disorganized, is poised to track into the Atlantic this weekend, bringing the potential for the Carolinas’ first hurricane of the year.

According to the National Hurricane Center, this “broad area of low pressure located near the west-central coast of the Florida peninsula is producing a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms over southern and central Florida and the adjacent waters.”

The National Hurricane Center predicts the weather system will develop along the eastern coast. According to the Center, “(t)his system is forecast to move northeastward and emerge over the western Atlantic over the weekend where some development is expected through early next week before it merges with a front.”

Over the past several days, the NWS has increased this storm’s chances of forming into a tropical system from 30 percent to 50-60 percent, as it tracks our direction.

Regardless of development, this storm is predicted to bring heavy rain and potential flooding to parts of the southeast. In addition, the National Weather Service is calling for increasing northeast winds and “rough surf” from the coast of Georgia to North Carolina through early next week.

Keep track of the storm and the latest tropical updates by checking the National Hurricane Center website at nhc.noaa.gov.


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