'Irma' close to developing, tropical storm watches/warnings possible

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'Irma' close to developing, tropical storm watches/warnings possible

For Monday, this tropical system will start to move northward, along the Georgia and SC coast through midday.

If the system becomes tropical (taking the name Irma) and continues on its northward track, its outer bands may eventually begin to have at least a limited impact on Atlantic Canada.

The system will intensify and deepen as it heads well east of New England on Wednesday afternoon, stirring up seas for mariners off the coast of Cape Cod and the Islands.

The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to become a tropical depression or tropical storm within the next day or so. The next named storm in the Atlantic would be "Irma". Although strong upper-level winds could limit tropical storm formation, some subtropical development as the system moves northeast across the state of Florida, and into the Atlantic Ocean, could occur.

The hurricane center expected the system to merge with a cold front in the next few days.

No significant flooding, damaging winds or storm surge are expected from this system.

While forecast confidence for the rest of the week has not improved greatly due to uncertainty with Harvey's low pressure center, rain chances could gradually increase toward late week IF some of its moisture tries to move in our direction.

The storm is causing increasing winds and rough surf along the coasts for boaters and those on the beach.

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