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System off South Carolina has 70 percent chance for development into tropical storm

Cheryl McCloud
Treasure Coast Newspapers
Walton Sun

A tropical system that brought rain to Florida on Memorial Day could develop into a tropical storm before moving inland later today.

Radar imagery indicates the area of disturbed weather located just offshore the South Carolina coast has become significantly better organized over the past few hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Reports from an offshore buoy are showing the system is producing tropical-storm-force winds.

A tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.

If these development trends continue, then this system is likely to become a tropical storm before it moves inland later today, the Hurricane Center said this morning.

If named, the storm would be Bertha, the second named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. June 1 is the official start of hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30.

More rain possible in Florida as system makes its way north; low chance for tropical development

Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 70 percent.Formation chance through 5 days: low, 70 percent.

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: System off South Carolina has 70 percent chance for development into tropical storm

Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding over portions of the Carolinas today. Gusty winds also could produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas through today.

– Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 70 percent.

– Formation chance through 5 days: low, 70 percent.