Rain bands from Arthur spinning into SC
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Rain bands from Hurricane Arthur are spinning into South Carolina as the hurricane moves north.
Forecasters are warning everyone to stay out of the water along the coast.
Arthur became a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday. It was about 90 miles off Charleston about 8 am with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
The National Weather Service in Charleston is warning that swells sent in from the storm will mean breaking waves as high as 9 feet along the coast that could cause strong rip currents. There could be some beach erosion.
Forecasters are warning boaters to use caution, especially near piers and jetties.
Officials at Fort Sumter National Park said their first two boats of the day were canceled due to winds and waves caused by Arthur. The noon sailing from Liberty Square was also canceled.
Arthur is expected to make its closest pass to South Carolina off the Grand Strand on Thursday evening.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ABC News 4 contributed to this report.