FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Claudette expected to form later today
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - We’re expecting Tropical Storm Claudette later today. The latest update keeps Claudette below tropical storm criteria but does have a tropical storm in the forecast by later this evening.
At 11 AM, the disturbance was centered near latitude 26.5 North, longitude 91.1 West. The system is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph and this general motion is expected for the next day or so. On the forecast track, the system will make landfall along the north-central Gulf Coast tonight or early Saturday.
A slow northeastward motion across the southeastern United States is likely after landfall through the weekend. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast, and a subtropical or tropical storm is likely to form over the central or northern Gulf of Mexico later today.
It’s still early for the Carolinas but showers and storms are expected for the second half of our weekend. While it’s too early for specifics, a few of those storms could be on the strong side. We’re currently under a level one severe weather risk for Sunday and will know more details as more data continues to come in throughout today.
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