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Are the tropics becoming active?

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Are the tropics about to crank up again? It's possible. The First Alert Weather Team is here tracking the tropics. 

We watched a cold front move through the area this past Thursday and Friday which stalled out over the northern panhandle of Florida. When a front stalls out that far south, we have to carefully monitor it. Much of the front and the energy associated with it is over the open ocean. Ocean temperatures have been very warm this season as very and that acts as fuel to tropical systems. Needless to say, a lot of the conditions we look for for tropical development are there but this system is very far out from being any issues to us or our area. 

Both of the main models that we use to forecast tropical systems (the GFS and Euro) are picking up on the chance for something to develop. The strength? Too soon to say but they are both showing a similar track which is bringing the possible system up the Georgia coastline and then taking a slight left turn and heading into the low county. What this means (if this is the track that happens) is that the Pee Dee will see much more rain than the Grand Strand. Regardless of the rain, the circulation of the storm will allow winds to pile up the ocean waters along the northern end of the Long Bay. Anywhere along the Grand Strand will see rough surf and the potential for dangerously strong rip currents. 

This is something that your First Alert Weather Team is going to monitor closely over the next few days and will continue to update you as necessary.

As always, we want to be the First to Alert you and your family when any kind of weather comes into the Palmetto state that could affect you and your property.

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