Storm could bring us big waves, rip currents

Another one of those quirky storms hanging offshore is expected to become a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Gabrielle today.

Preliminary computer models suggest it won't do any more than brush by the Lowcountry, but forecasters urged residents to keep an eye on it.

The storm is a remnant of the rainy weather that moved through South Carolina last weekend. On Wednesday, it was hundreds of miles off the Georgia coast, between the Bahamas and Bermuda.

The National Hurricane Center said it was moving "slowly and erratically" and had gale-force winds but hadn't shown any signs of turning into a tropical cyclone.

Forecasters expect it to move up the Carolinas on Saturday as a tropical storm or a hurricane. The best guess Wednesday was that it would graze the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

If that happens, it could bring high waves and rip currents to the Lowcountry.

"It does look like it will get organized and veer back toward the East Coast. It looks like we'll be high and dry, on the outskirts of it, but a slight deviation could change that. We still need to pay close attention to it," said meteorologist Bob Bright of the National Weather Service in Charleston.

"It gets a little tricky how close to the coast it's going to get," said meteorologist Jon Pacheco of, a private forecasting company. "It doesn't look like your area will get any impacts. But that certainly could change. You're not out of the woods yet."