A tropical cyclone might form off the coast early next week — the second of the season to do that. But cheer up: Charleston already got obliterated in “Sharknado 3.” Just guess what did the damage.
See, you’re smiling already.
In the real world, a few computer model runs are suggesting that a passing weather front could spin into something stronger as it comes off the Carolinas — a scenario similar to the emergence of Tropical Storm Ana in early May. That storm formed off Savannah, brushed the Lowcountry and made landfall near the North Carolina line as a tropical depression, a weaker storm.
If this one does form, though, it won’t be expected to do even that much.
“There could be something develop Tuesday or Wednesday. But it really looks like it remains offshore and weak,” said meteorologist Doug Berry, National Weather Service, Charleston.
So far, the models are not agreeing even with themselves, Mark Malsick, severe weather liaison with the S.C. Climate Office, said on Thursday. The worst case appears to be a landfall on the Outer Banks as little more than a rainstorm.
So much for spewing sharks.
In the Syfy channel film that premiered Wednesday night, a monster twister spins out streams of very large sharks from Washington to Orlando — sharks unperturbed and uncharacteristically vicious enough to attack as they are flung.
Meanwhile, any number of “remember them?” stars mug for the camera, along with Comcast and Disney World ads. It’s the ballyhooed and critically bashed sequel to two movies so over the top that you might as well grab the chainsaw before the first shark flies past.
In the third go-round, as a television crew covers the catastrophe, a scroll along the bottom of their screen repeatedly announces the decimation of Charleston by the storm — and presumably its oversize predators. Not the most comfortable notion after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, a few weeks of highly publicized shark bites and other recent disturbing events.
“They wiped out the city! Not cool!” one person tweeted to The Post and Courier.
A channel executive rolled with it when an interviewer with The Hollywood Reporter asked if he was concerned about getting sniped at by a “fringe element” saying Charleston had suffered enough.
“No, I don’t think so,” Chris Regina, senior vice president of program strategy, told the entertainment news site, laughing. “I don’t think that’s ever come up as a concern.”
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