Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A system that could turn into the first Atlantic tropical system of 2014 is getting better organized.
The area of low pressure was located off the coast of Florida Monday afternoon. The system continues to produce showers and thunderstorms as it drifts generally southward.
Currently, upper-level winds are only slightly favorable for further development, but a tropical depression is still expected to form within the next day or two.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter plane flew into the system early Monday afternoon, and found that shower and thunderstorm activity had increased. Environmental conditions inside the system are becoming more conducive for development, and the National Hurricane Center now says only a slight increase in organization would lead to the system become a tropical depression.
Currently, the National Hurricane Center gives the system a 80 percent chance of further development over the next 2-days.
Iit is still too early to determine the exact track and intensity of the system. The general consensus is that this system will slowly drift southwestward and then eventually make a turn towards the northeast this week.
"Right now the computer models are indicating that it's just going to meander there at first, but then it's going to turn, and head toward the north, and on Thursday, it's expected to pass off the coast of South Carolina," said News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy.
This keeps plenty of moisture in the Midlands through Friday bringing us chances for showers and thunderstorms.
We'll continue to monitor the progress of this potential tropical system as any change in the movement or strength may impact our weather even here in the Midlands.
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