FIRST ALERT: Low-pressure system could develop into depression off Carolina

posted by Patrick Phillips, WCSC - 

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Hurricane Center is watching a system expected to become a tropical depression by Tuesday night.

The low-pressure system is about 200 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

It has been producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms.

Meteorologists believe the system will move slowly northwestward to northward.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says the system is expected to stay to our east.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later this afternoon.

Regardless of development, this system is likely to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms across portions of northeastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.

In addition, dangerous surf conditions and rip currents are expected along portions of the North Carolina coast.

The next storm name is Michael, although the system would not be named unless it becomes a tropical storm.

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