Latest forecast track of Tropical Depression 9 edges it closer to Lowcountry

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

Gaston is expected to continue moving eastward over the next few days.

NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.

By the weekend, we'll see a lovely few days.

Gusty winds, rough surf and locally heavy rain are possible from south Georgia to the eastern Carolinas depending on how close the low tracks to the coast. Television news trucks were buzzing around the island looking for action, but not finding much to send home for the 6 p.m. news.

T.D. 8 is almost stationary and is only 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

Maximum sustained winds remained at 35 miles per hour as it was moving just north of west at 7 miles per hour.

A tropical depression that formed Sunday off the coast of North Carolina appears sluggish and disorganized this morning, and is likely struggling to survive. Wind shear and cooler waters will cause this system to dissipate in a few days.

Wednesday will bring another chance for afternoon showers and storms with highs in the low 90s and a 30% chance of rain.

In southeast Louisiana and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the biggest effects of Tropical Depression 9 were expected to be higher than normal tides and a lack of rainfall.

Of course with it in the Gulf of Mexico it bears watching here in Southwest Louisiana, and normally a tropical system in that location would be bad news for our area.

NWS expects the new track to have more significant impacts for southeast SC and southeast Georgia, especially over the coastal counties.

As the storm approaches landfall, it's likely that much of the impacts from it will be to the east and northeast of the low pressure center.

The weather system was expected to pass near the Outer Banks by late Tuesday before eventually curving out to sea, likely reaching tropical storm status overnight with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Thus, the potential for rounds of heavy rain could last through Thursday. Models show the system grazing the northeastern coast along the Outer Banks, before moving out to sea. Some bands of rain could linger into Friday in the Florida peninsula. If you have plans to go to the beach, just keep an eye on the forecast. The tropical system will move off the Carolina coastline into Friday.

"We're not anxious about the storm so much unless they say there's something to worry about", Joe Walker said.

As of now, the NHC is calling for the storm to become a tropical storm as soon as Monday, and remain a tropical storm before it makes landfall.

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