Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased

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Meteorologists say maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

We will continue to track it closely and will keep you updated. A reconnaissance plane will investigate the system this afternoon. The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories at 4 PM EDT Saturday.

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SC and the Grand Strand are once again in the path of uncertainty of a tropical system.

The Hurricane Center said environmental conditions were becoming more favorable for the disturbance to become a tropical cyclone, possibly on Sunday or Monday.

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On Saturday, this effect was in play as a broad area of low pressure stretched across Central America - which sometimes can help spin up a storm. This will allow for shower activity to decrease and stay isolated Sunday and into Monday. The sea surface temperatures are also quite warm, potentially further aiding in the system's development. Scattered showers and storms will dominate the weather pattern during this period until Wednesday. Interests from southeast Louisiana to western Florida should prepare for the storm.

Once this system gets thrown eastward by a cold front, however, we could be looking at some real fall air next weekend. Today will feel more like summer with highs returning to the mid to upper 70s. In fact, there is a pretty good chance this system will become a hurricane prior to landfall along the central Gulf Coast mid-week. What a way to end the season!

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