A tropical disturbance over the Florida Peninsula, named 92L, has been promoting frequent bouts of heavy rain over the area over the past few days. The area most prone to flooding will be in and around Fort Myers, Florida, who have already received 6 inches of rain since Wednesday through Saturday morning. By Tuesday, drenching rainfall and strong winds will be impacting the barrier islands of the Carolinas. Flooding could result from both excessive rainfall and coastal inundation.
The tropical disturbance will have the potential to further develop just east of the Georgia coastline early next week. If it intensifies to tropical storm strength, it will be named Irma. Even so, this system could impact parts of the eastern U.S. in potentially dangerous ways as it strengthens and drifts northeastward. The area of damp, cooler weather in the Northeast is expected to block 92L from moving inland. As the system organizes and strengthens, rough surf and increased rip currents will threaten small water craft and anyone who ventures into the ocean from Florida to New Jersey.
Regardless of its development, the storm will likely be pulled out to sea. If you or someone you know has out of state plans along the coast, caution should be taken. Rain will make its way from both the South and the West late Tuesday night into Wednesday and could linger into Thursday for Pennsylvania.