Tropical storm warning in effect as Claudette moves toward South Carolina coast

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UPDATE: The National Weather service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for our coastal waters, set to continue until tomorrow morning. Tropical storm force winds are being forecasted heading out into the ocean, with heavy rain overnight, and the potential for isolated waterspouts at night as well, especially up towards the North Carolina coast. Be safe everyone.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Tropical Depression Claudette could re-strengthen into a tropical storm as it passes through the Carolinas late Sunday and early Monday morning. As of right now the current track is still keeping it on pace to cut though our viewing area tonight and head out to sea on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch for coastal Horry County, including the Myrtle Beach area, on Sunday morning due, in part, to an increasing wind threat. Models showed the storm could slightly redevelop as it nears the Gulf Stream and encounters less wind shear.

The best chance of isolated severe storms will be present for us later this afternoon, with the heaviest rainfall amounts looking to affect us tonight. This is why our current flash flood watch from the National Weather Service remains in effect until noon tomorrow.

Later into Monday conditions will dry out with sunshine working to break out. Highs there will be rising back towards the upper 80s and lower 90s. Another cold front will be pressing across the Carolinas on Tuesday, yet again bringing us the potential for severe weather. Isolated storms will then linger later into the workweek. Please remain with us for all your storm updates and impacts. Be safe out there!

IMPACTS THROUGH TONIGHT

  • Wind: 20-40 MPH, with gusts up to 50 MPH
  • Stronger wind speeds with isolated storms
  • Rain: 2-4 inches with higher amounts being isolated
  • Flash Flooding in spots
  • Isolated tornadoes possible

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TODAY: Isolated storms and downpours at times, severe possible. Highs average in the mid-upper 80s.

TONIGHT: Heavy rain with flash flooding potential. Lows in the mid to low 70s.

TOMORROW: Lingering showers and storms to afternoon sun. Highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.

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