MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Tropical Storm Elsa is now pushing into North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds at 45 mph tracking northeast at 20 mph. The storm is holding up with its status as a Tropical Storm.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Georgetown.
Elsa brought heavy rain throughout the morning with rain rates estimated at 4-6 inches at times. The heavy rain is now clearing out of the area. However, we will see a few more storms roll through the region this afternoon as we see the wrap-around moisture move through our area as Elsa moves further off to the northeast.
We saw a number of tornado warnings for our area this morning, both along the beaches and in the Pee Dee. Nothing has been confirmed at this time.
This morning we saw winds speeds from 20 to 30 mph gusting to 40 mph. The winds will diminish late in the day today but remain breezy throughout the rest of this afternoon.
Elsa will be long gone by Friday, but the area will remain warm and humid, and that will lead to scattered thunderstorms.
Elsa is already the third tropical system to hit South Carolina. In June, Tropical Storm Claudette moved across the northern part of the state after making landfall in Louisiana and Tropical Storm Danny hit land near Hilton Head Island. Both storms caused only minor damage.
Elsa is the earliest fifth-named storm on record, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.