Any waves? Any lightning? The depressing story of Tropical Depression Emily

National Weather Service

Storms off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC, can provide the adventurous type a bit of surf therapy.

The National Weather Service is reporting: “Emily will continue to bring a high risk of rip currents to much of the East Coast [Tuesday].”

OK. So we need to be safe walking and swimming in the ocean. But what about body surfing or any other kind of surfing?

“The storm is extremely small,” said Reid Hawkins of the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. “The wave models aren’t showing that much of an impact.”

In fact, the NWS is projecting 3 1/2- to 4-foot waves at the buoy at Frying Pan Shoals, which is about 54 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach.

The main bundle of clouds with the depression has cut through Florida already and is expected to be due east of Myrtle Beach at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

So, will us night owls at least get a good light show over the ocean as Emily cruises by? Don’t count on it, Hawkins said.

“It’s moving about 35 miles an hour, and there really isn’t a lot of lightning in a depression like there is in a thunderstorm,” Hawkins said. “The western edge of clouds will be about 100 miles from shore, but it should be very clear in case there is something to watch.”

How depressing.

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