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The National Weather Service is watching a tropical wave that could become become Tropical Storm Humberto.

A tropical depression could bring heavy rain to The T&D Region this weekend and perhaps a bit more.

The tropical depression is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico, but recent computer models show the system may shift north, bringing it closer to the Southeast coast.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tina Morrison noted the models could change and forecasters are using caution.

Should the storm move toward the Southeast, The T&D Region could expect to feel its effects.

"We will definitely get some local heavy rains and if it is to the west of us, there could be a threat of some tornadoes," she said.

The National Hurricane Center has given the tropical depression a 70 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours and an 80 percent chance of development in the next five days.

Should the system develop into a tropical storm, it will be named Humberto.

Currently, the most likely scenario has the system moving across Florida with the bulk of its moisture remaining to the south of The T&D Region. Under this scenario, the system would go into the lower Mississippi valley early next week.

Orangeburg is forecast to have a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday and a 40 percent chance Monday.

It is the peak of the hurricane season.

"This is the hurricane season and everybody needs to continue to monitor the tropics as forecasts change and to stay prepared," Orangeburg County Emergency Services Director Billy Staley said Thursday. "We are monitoring several disturbances out there."

Another tropical wave is located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. A tropical depression could form early next week while the system moves west over the tropical Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It is too early to know what, if any, impact this system will have on the United States.

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