Tropical Storm Bret might churn up a few good waves at local beaches this week, but surfing is not expected to be spectacular.
"It doesn't look that impressive so far," said Steve Rowley, a meteorologist at the Charleston office of the National Weather Service. "It should generate some increased swell action that should get to the coast somewhere around midweek."
It won't be anything like the shoulder-high waves that pounded local beaches last year as Hurricane Earl whirled up the coastline, Rowley said.
Bret is likely to remain far to the east of Charleston, making its effect on area beaches negligible.
As of 5 a.m. today, Bret was showing some signs of weakening. It had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving north-northeast at 7 mph.
The storm is not expected to threaten land.
Drew Getsinger of McKevlin's Surf Shop on Folly Beach, said most of the swell prediction models are not picking up any effect from the storm.
He said the waves might be a little bit bigger than normal today.
The Weather Service forecast said there is a low risk for rip currents today.