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First Alert Forecast: Good start to the work week, all eyes on the tropical Atlantic

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)-  A Bermuda high offshore will keep rain chances pretty low early in the week.    The "conveyor belt" of moisture in place for much of last week is now pushed well to our west. 

WORK WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: For much of the week (Monday-Thursday) expect partly sunny days with low (10%-20%) shower and thunderstorm chances, and daily high temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90.  By Friday a front will approach the Carolinas adding additional lift and instability.  Scattered showers and storms are likely late in the week into next weekend.  Highs will remain in the upper 80's. 

RIVER FLOODING UPDATE: A period of minor to moderate flooding is likely for most rivers going into the work week. The Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw, currently is at 13.1 feet,  3.1 feet above the flood stage of 10 feet.  The river will slowly begin to fall in the coming days but moderate flooding is now occurring.  All other river gauges have seen their peak and will fall in the coming days. 

TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL: Tropical storm Chantal has formed in the central Atlantic.  Most computer models suggest the storm will move westward toward the Leeward Islands within 48 hours.  The storm should then turn northwestward towards the Caribbean and could even pose a threat to the southeast U.S. coast in 6 to 8 days.  It is too soon to say for sure if this storm poses a threat for the Carolinas but all interests should monitor this system and its forecast track in the coming days. 

First Alert Meteorologists Gannon Medwick, Colin Hackman, Eric Davis, and Iisha Scott will keep you updated.

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