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Subtropical storm Ana forms off SC coast

Surfers showed up in Myrtle Beach Thursday to take advantage of the higher waves. Source: Marla Branson Surfers showed up in Myrtle Beach Thursday to take advantage of the higher waves. Source: Marla Branson

(WMBF) - The first named storm of the 2015 Hurricane season has developed off the Carolina coast. Subtropical storm Ana formed Thursday just before 11 p.m.

A flood watch has been issued for Horry and Georgetown Counties from Friday through Saturday evening.

An estimated 1-3 inches of rain is expected for the area. If a lot of that falls in a short amount of time, flooding could become an issue. The best time frame for possible flooding will be late Friday and into Saturday, said Chief Meteorologist Jamie Arnold.

Ana is not expected to become strong; however, her slow movement means a prolonged period of rain.

Right now, most forecast models take Ana just very slowly north, near the coast of the South Carolina Coastline. This storm will linger near or just offshore through the weekend.

IMPACTS

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH is in effect for Horry and Georgetown Counties. The watch was issued Thursday at around 10:35 p.m.

RAIN: A FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Horry and Georgetown Counties from Friday through Saturday. Periods of rain will be likely through Saturday and Sunday. Some of the rain will be heavy at times near the beaches. Right now, we're forecasting one to three inches of rain. A stronger system, or one that lingers longer could result in more rain and a greater threat of flooding.

WINDS: Strong winds will not be an issue. Areas near the beaches will likely see wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph at times from Friday through Saturday.

SEVERE STORMS/TORNADOES: No severe weather is expected at this time.

SURF: Very dangerous surf conditions will develop over the next several days. Gale warnings are already in effect for the offshore waters. There will be a high risk of dangerous rip currents the next several days as well. Some areas could also see minor beach erosion. Some coastal flooding may become possible by the weekend.

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