Tropical Storm Dean has strengthened some today as it continues to move to the west getting closer to the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Dean to become a hurricane by late tomorrow. The storm is expected to continue to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane by early next week as it tracks across the Caribbean.
Obviously, there is a lot of uncertainty to where Dean will go after 3-5 days. Everyone along the U.S. coast should continue to follow this one over the next several days.
The other system we are watching in the tropics today is Tropical Storm Erin...
A hurricane hunter found that Tropical Depression #5 had strengthened into Tropical Storm Erin just before noon today. The storm is just off the Texas coast and is forecast to make landfall somewhere between Corpus Christi and Brownsville early Thursday.
Erin is expected to bring heavy rains to the southern part of Texas. Unfortunately, much of Texas has a surplus of rain while much of the southeast could desperately use the rains from a weak tropical system.
Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina for the very latest on both of these storms. You can always catch our tropical update at :21 after the hour.