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‘Disorganized’ storms moving toward coast could reach Carolinas as a tropical system

Tropical Storm Dorian forms in the Atlantic

ABC11 reports on the formation of Tropical Storm Dorian forming in the Atlantic.
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ABC11 reports on the formation of Tropical Storm Dorian forming in the Atlantic.

The Carolinas could get hit with heavy rain and gusty winds next week as forecasters predict a pattern of unsettled weather will move from the Bahamas up the East Coast.

It is being referred to as a “cluster of thunderstorms” by AccuWeather, and forecasters say it could stall off the Southeastern coast of the U.S., where there’s a slight chance it could develop into a tropical storm system.

Either way, rain is likely, and it could be heavy at times in the eastern part of Carolinas, according to the Weather Channel.

“This area of unsettled weather will... impact the Southeast coast with rough surf, windy weather and showers,” predicted WEARTV forecaster Allen Strum.

Watch a NOAA video about being safe when thunderstorms and lighting approach.

National Hurricane Center forecasters say the “trough of low pressure” is currently creating “disorganized showers and thunderstorms” in the south Atlantic.

“Some slow development is possible by this weekend or early next week while the system moves slowly (currently 5 to 10 mph) northwestward toward the Florida peninsula,” a Hazardous Weather Outlook predicts.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, NC at 8:35 a.m, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm pounded the coast with heavy rain and wind, causing severe flooding and power outages across the state.

The chances of it forming into a full-fledged tropical storm in the next five days is currently low, at about 20 percent, the National Weather Service says.

Forecasters remain wary because this is the height of the hurricane season, which stretches from June through the end of November.

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