CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - All eyes have been on Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. However, we have our own East Coast storm brewing. Fortunately, it doesn't look anything like Harvey, but it could impact the North Carolina and South Carolina coast over the next few days.
Right now, the storm is located off the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Winds aren't at a tropical storm force yet so it doesn't have a name. If winds increased by about five mph, the storm would be named Irma, which could happen Sunday night or during the day Monday.
The current track is for the storm to ride along the East Coast. The storm is expected to be along the South Carolina coast during the afternoon hours on Monday and could impact the North Carolina coast Monday night and into Tuesday morning.
The biggest threats would be 2-4" of rain along the beaches and winds of 35-40 mph. The water would be choppy and there could be some beach erosion.
Overall, it isn't a terribly strong storm but one we will be watching as we start the new week.
The impact on the WBTV viewing area looks to be minimal. We will have more cloud cover, which will then lead to cooler temperatures – only in the upper 70s Monday and Tuesday. However, other than a few showers, the storm doesn't appear to be a major rain maker for us.
- Meteorologist Leigh Brock