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Atlantic system could become tropical depression or storm

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An image showing the likely path of a tropical system later this week. (Source: WIS) An image showing the likely path of a tropical system later this week. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A slowly moving and disorganized low-pressure system is heading into friendlier waters with the potential to turn into the first tropical system of the season, according to the WIS First Alert Weather team.

The low is centered about 140 miles east-northeast of Melbourne, Florida. It continues to show signs that it will intensity in the next several days. It is likely that it will become either a tropical depression - a storm with tropical characteristics that has sustained winds less than 38 mph - or a tropical storm that has sustained winds of at least 39 mph.

The storm will most likely have a minimal effect on the Midlands. However, the coastal impacts could be more significant with big waves, potentially strong winds, and downpours.

Though timing is uncertain, the most likely impact for the coast of South Carolina would be Thursday.

The biggest uncertainty remains how strong the storm could be as it moves north. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled for later today.

With that information, and a little more storm development, we'll have a better handle on that.

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