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Tropical Depression Forms Off Of Georgia Coast

Tropical Storm Irma projected to skirt the South Carolina coast on Monday …

While downgraded Hurricane Harvey continues to soak Texas with unprecedented levels of rainfall and record flooding, a new storm is forming off of the eastern coast of the United States.

Fortunately this system – likely to be christened Tropical Storm Irma within the next few hours – appears unlikely to pose a significant threat to the American mainland.

As of 8:00 a.m. EDT on Monday this stationary storm was located just off the coast of Georgia – packing maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for the northern coast of South Carolina as well as the entire coastline of North Carolina, both of which fall within the current forecast window of the storm.

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(Via: NOAA)

“The system will move near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts later today and move along the North Carolina coast on Tuesday,” the latest NHC advisory noted.

Obviously we will continue to monitor this storm as it develops and strengthens, but the good news is that it doesn’t appear likely to produce significant wind, rain or flooding as it skirts up the eastern seaboard prior to heading out to sea early Wednesday.

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