Looks like Invest 99 became Subtropical Storm Gabrielle, and the Hurricane Center has just put us under a Tropical Storm Watch. Here’s the watch text in full:
…Subtropical storm Gabrielle forms well east of the South
a tropical storm watch has been issued for Charleston County.
this statement recommends specific actions be taken by residents
and visitors of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia…
including the adjacent coastal waters.
a tropical storm watch is in effect from north of Edisto Beach
South Carolina to Oregon Inlet North Carolina. This includes
Charleston County and the adjacent coastal waters. There are
currently no watches in effect from Edisto Beach south to the
Altamaha river…including the Savannah Metro area.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm force winds…
winds of 39 to 73 mph…are possible within 36 hours.
A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for the coastal waters
from Savannah to the Altamaha Sound out 60 nautical miles.
at 1100 PM EDT…the center of subtropical storm Gabrielle was
located near latitude 30.4 degrees north…longitude 72.2 degrees
west…or about 385 miles southeast of Cape Fear North Carolina.
This is about 485 miles southeast Charleston South Carolina and
533 miles east of Savannah Georgia.
The storm is moving toward the west northwest near 10 mph…and
this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph…with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 29.85 inches.
everyone should have a plan of action when a hurricane or tropical
storm threatens. If you do not have one…now is the time to
Boat owners should take action now to remove their boats from the
water or secure them. If possible…boats should be removed from
the water and moved to a secure location.
Have battery powered appliances on hand in case power is lost. A
battery powered NOAA Weather Radio all hazards device is also a
good way to keep abreast of the latest weather information…
especially if power is lost.
…Storm surge and storm tide…
no significant storm surge is expected at this time. Tides may run
1 to 1.5 feet above predicted levels Saturday into Sunday…before
winds turn offshore.
sustained tropical storm force winds are not currently expected
for the Charleston County area. However wind gusts up to tropical
storm force are a possibility late Saturday night and into the day
Sunday as Gabrielle passes east of the area. Wind gusts of this
magnitude can break limbs and blow down small trees. These winds
may also produce hazardous driving conditions on area bridges.
…Rip current impacts…
there is a moderate risk for rip currents along the beaches of
south coastal South Carolina and north coastal Georgia. A moderate
rip current risk means wind and or wave conditions support
stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf
swimmers should enter the water. Heed the advice of lifeguards and
the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags and posted signs.
…High surf/beach erosion impacts…
steady northeast winds will produce minor to moderate beach
erosion along the beaches through Sunday. Northeast facing beaches
such as wild dunes…Folly Beach…Hunting Island and Tybee Island
will likely see the worst erosion.
the next subtropical storm Gabrielle local statement will be
issued by the National Weather Service in Charleston around 3 am
or sooner if conditions warrant.
Additional information on subtropical storm Gabrielle can be
found in advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center…as
well as public information statements and short term forecasts
issued by this office.
It probably won’t be that bad, just a lot of wind and rain, but still, it’s something to watch.