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Tropical system continues to drift south

A tropical low pressure area is continuing to drift south to SSW off the coast of Georgia and Florida.  The National Hurricane Center gives this region a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours and an 80 percent chance in the next five days.  There are many factors that are limiting the possibility of development, so any strengthening is likely to be slow.  Forecasts are for it to stay in the region for the next few days before turning to the north by next weekend.  The biggest impact that is likely to occur is high surf and dangerous riptides along the East Coast over the 4th of July weekend.  Rainy conditions could be seen along the coast as well, although areas farther inland may be in the dry sinking air outside the main circulation and have dry and hot conditions instead of tropical rain.  You can follow updates on this storm from the National Hurricane Center, www.nhc.noaa.gov, or from any of the commercial forecasting companies.