Cold front could thwart new storm brewing in Atlantic


Hurricane season in the Atlantic is not over yet, and meteorologists are keeping a close eye on another potential tropical storm system brewing off the Southeast coast.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm system southeast of the Bahamas has a 40 percent chance of tropical storm development in the next 48 hours and a 70 percent chance of developing within the next five days.

“The storm system does have a decent chance of developing,” Jonathan Lamb, meteorologist at the National Weather Center in Charleston, said. “Fortunately, we have a strong cold front coming in on Friday that should positively push it out before it comes near the U.S.”

In other words, the system is not a threat to the U.S. as long as the low pressure system moves through, according to Lamb.

That low pressure also is expected to bring cooler temperatures to the Carolinas by late this week, Lamb said.

According to AccuWeather, the storm could create dangerous seas from Bermuda to the Southeast coast by late this week.

"The system will act to disturb the ocean surface and send out waves to impact the Southeastern seaboard as early as Friday morning," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Chyna Glenn.

Lamb said the Lowcountry could see minor effects from the tropical storm system, including rough surf, elevated swells and potentially dangerous rip currents. Tides have been abnormally high this week due to the full moon, Lamb said. They are expected to recede by this weekend.

“The highest tide of the month was on Monday, and it’s expected to go down from there,” Lamb said. “The good news is it should stay dry (in the Beaufort County area) for the next week.”

Tropical weather in the Atlantic


Source: National Hurricane Center