Beryl could bring some local flooding

Conditions weren’t ideal for surfing at Folly Beach’s Washout on Tuesday, but some tried it anyway as Beryl approached.

After “wobbling” for awhile Tuesday afternoon in lower Georgia, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl appeared to finally be headed toward the South Carolina coast.

Two to 3 inches of rain were expected Tuesday night through this morning, and some Lowcountry areas could receive up to 5 inches of rain, said National Weather Service local meteorologist in charge Mike Emlaw.

“It looks like we’re going to get a pretty good dose of rain,” he said.

A flash-flood warning was in effect late Tuesday. The Weather Service said rivers could rise, but river flooding was considered unlikely. Downtown streets could see flooding this morning.

“The risk for flash flooding will become enhanced across the coastal counties around high tide around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, especially in downtown Charleston,” the Weather Service cautioned.

Emlaw said rain and flooding were the major concern with Beryl approaching.

Some lower Georgia localities received 6 to 7 inches of rain Tuesday, and Allendale County in western South Carolina got 4 to 5 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 southwest of Savannah at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Emlaw said. Beryl had been projected to move northerly from the Jacksonville area and into lower Georgia, then turn to the northeast and into the South Carolina Coast.

The storm “kind of wobbled” for a while Tuesday, actually moving southeasterly and easterly, before making the expected northeasterly turn, Emlaw said.

He said there is a slight chance of thunderstorms associated with the storm, but chances for tornado activity are slight. Some wind gusts can be expected ahead of some of the rain bands, he said.

Winds measured locally Tuesday 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.