The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the next 24 to 48 hours.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. -- A tropical storm could develop and reach the Cape Fear region by Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch Sunday in effect from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina for the next 24 to 48 hours. A tropical cyclone is developing off the Georgia coast and impacts could include dangerous rip currents, heavy rainfall, minor flooding, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes. The system could produce between 2 to 4 inches of rain along the coast. 

The National Weather Service’s Wilmington office is keeping an eye on the tropical system, said lead forecaster Robert DiGiorgi. A report issued by the Wilmington office indicated that the storm will likely be low impact for the area and most of the wind and rain will remain just offshore.

A National Hurricane Center report indicates that the system is expected to cause high winds and rough surf along the coasts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia through mid-week. Should the system eventually be named, it would be called Irma.

DiGiorgi said the system is expected to be “quite progressive” and should be moving out of the area Tuesday during the day.

High winds caused by a high pressure system will remain in the area through Tuesday and possibly strengthen, depending on the development of the system off the southeast coast, DiGiorgi said.

Looking ahead to Labor Day weekend, DiGiorgi said the weekend weather is “up in the air right now.”

A cold front will be approaching the area from the north on Friday and DiGiorgi said it “remains to be seen” whether the cold front will make it through the area or stall.

“I wouldn’t count on it being sunny,” DiGiorgi said of the weekend weather.

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