Tropical Storm Florence moving slowly inland across South Carolina, bringing wind, rain

Tropical storm Florence at 2 a.m. Saturday. (National Hurricane Center)

The 5 a.m. update on Saturday for Tropical Storm Florence shows that it is located a few miles northeast of Georgetown in eastern South Carolina, moving west-southwest at 5 miles per hour, and expected to continue the slow move through the morning.

Radar data indicates that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is expected to continue gradually weakening as it moves farther inland Saturday and Sunday, and it is likely to weaken to a tropical depression by Saturday night, the NHC says.

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Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center.

A potential storm surge of 2-4 feet is expected in Myrtle Beach.


Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall in northeastern South Carolina.


Tropical storm conditions will continue through Saturday in portions of the warning area along the coast and also over large portions of eastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina, with tropical storm force wind gusts spreading well



A few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina through Saturday night.

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