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FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Claudette expected to form later today

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 10:45 AM EDT
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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.

Tropical Storm Claudette is expected to form later this evening.
Tropical Storm Claudette is expected to form later this evening.(WMBF)

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.

Tropical Storm Claudette is expected to form later this evening.
Tropical Storm Claudette is expected to form later this evening.(WMBF)

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.

Whatever is left of the tropical system will move through on Sunday night and into early Monday...
Whatever is left of the tropical system will move through on Sunday night and into early Monday morning.(WMBF)

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.

We're under a level one severe weather risk or a very low threat for severe weather on Sunday.
We're under a level one severe weather risk or a very low threat for severe weather on Sunday.(WMBF)

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