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Waves will be higher and winds brisker at Beaufort County beaches this weekend as a weather system that could become the season's second tropical storm moved away from the South Carolina coast.
The system, about 275 miles southeast of the Lowcountry Friday night, was expected to head toward the Jacksonville, Fla., area today and Sunday, National Weather Service forecasters said. The system has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm -- with the name Beryl -- by Sunday evening.
The system could bring higher-than-normal waves and gusts up to 25 mph to Lowcountry beaches, with Sunday and Monday probably the worst days for wind and rough surf, according to forecasts.
The chance of rain will be 30 percent today, 40 percent tonight, 60 percent Sunday, and 40 percent on Monday, the weather service said.
The season's first tropical storm, Alberto, hovered off the South Carolina and Georgia last weekend, producing showers along the coast and serving as a reminder that the 2012 hurricane season begins next Friday.