After “wobbling” for awhile this afternoon, the remnants of tropical storm Beryl are moving toward the South Carolina coast, as expected.
Two to three inches of rain are expected tonight through Wednesday morning as the tropical depression that was Beryl moves through. Some areas could receive up to five inches of rain, National Weather Service local meteorologist in charge Mike Emlaw said.
“It looks like we’re gonna get a pretty good dose of rain,” Emlaw said.
A flash flood warning is in effect.
Emlaw said some lower Georgia localities received six to seven inches of rain today, and Allendale County in western South Carolina got four to five inches.
Officials said a location just south of Live Oak, Fla., had picked up an incredible 12.65 inches of rain through Tuesday morning.
The center of the storm was just southwest of Savannah at 8:30 p.m. today, Emlaw said. Beryl had been projected to move northerly from the Jacksonville area and into lower Georgia, and then turn to the northeast and into South Carolina Coast. The storm actually “kind of wobbled” for awhile today, actually moving southeasterly and easterly, before making the northeasterly turn, Emlaw said.
He said there’s a slight chance of thunderstorm associated with the storm, but chances for tornadic activity are very slight. Some wind gusts can be expected ahead of some of the rain bands, he said.
Winds measured locally this afternoon maxed at about 30 mph on the coast and 25 mph inland, he said.
“Winds aren’t going to be a huge concern with this system,” meteorologist Blair Holloway said.
The Weather Service forecast calls for showers and a possible thunderstorm tonight. Rain may be heavy at times after midnight. Winds will be southerly at 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. The chance of rain is near 100 percent.
Lows will be in the lower 70s. Showers and possibly thundertorms will continue into the early hours of Wednesday. Winds will shift to northwesterly at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. The chance of rain is 70 percent.Highs will be in the mid 80s.
The storm is expected to move out of the Charleston area, and slip off the South Carolina coast and back into the Atlantic sometime Wednesday. Beryl may strengthen and again become a tropical storm as it heads out into the Atlantic, Holloway predicted.
Skies will be partly cloudy Wednesday evening, becoming mostly clear. Lows will be in the lower 70s an winds westerly at five to 10 mph, becoming southwesterly after midnight.
Thursday will be sunny in the morning, then become partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 90s, except in the upper 80s near the coast. The chance of rain Thursday is 20 percent.
Follow the path on this interactive tracking map.