USA Today: June 28, 2021 – Newly formed Tropical Storm Danny was forecast to make landfall Monday near the Georgia-South Carolina border, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical storm warnings were issued for portions of the South Carolina coast as the storm approached.
Heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds with dangerous rip currents are forecast for southeast Georgia. Some showers were forecast to arrive throughout the day Monday ahead of the storm’s center.
“Gusty winds are possible with this storm, but the main threat to land will be any persistent downpours where flash flooding is possible, especially in any low-lying and poor drainage areas,” AccuWeather meteorologist Nicole LoBiondo said.
Rough surf and stronger-than-normal rip currents are likely along the Southeast coast as this system churns up the ocean.
A few inches of rain are possible along the immediate coasts of Georgia and southern South Carolina through Monday night.
As of midafternoon Monday, maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph. A Weatherflow station at Folly Beach, South Carolina, reported a wind gust of 41 mph.
Rapid weakening is forecast for Danny after landfall occurs, the hurricane center said.
A second disturbance – a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave – is producing a small cluster of showers and thunderstorms over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.
In the eastern Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Enrique is forecast to produce heavy rains across southwestern Mexico over the next few days, the hurricane center said.
This season, which officially began June 1, the Atlantic has seen four named storms. This is the fourth time in the modern satellite era there has been a fourth named storm before July 1, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.
The federal government expects another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, and six to 10 hurricanes could form, forecasters said in May.
The season runs through Nov. 30. An average season typically spawns seven hurricanes and peaks in August and September. If predictions hold true, it will be a record sixth consecutive year of above-normal activity.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 13 to 20 named storms will develop. This number includes tropical storms.
Another disturbance in the Atlantic
Some slow development of the disturbance over the eastern Atlantic Ocean is possible through the end of the week while the system moves quickly west to west-northwest at about 20 mph, probably reaching the Lesser Antilles late Wednesday or Wednesday night.
“There can be some gradual development with this as it tracks across the Atlantic, and it is possible that this can gain enough organization to become a tropical depression during the first half of the week,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty said.
Even if the disturbance fails to organize into a tropical system, gusty showers and thunderstorms are likely in the Lesser Antilles and northwestern Caribbean around the middle of the week, AccuWeather forecasters said.