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Bonnie downgraded to a tropical depression, weather remains unsettled

Bonnie downgraded to a tropical depression, weather remains unsettled

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  Tropical Storm Bonnie has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

The combination of strong wind shear and dry air blasting over Bonnie resulted in the storm becoming much less organized and has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, however off and on downpours will remain likely through Memorial Day.

The most recent satellite data and information from the National Hurricane Center reveal that winds are down to 35 mph. Bonnie is moving north at 9 mph and located 110 miles south of Myrtle Beach.

 The depression is forecast to continue moving off to the north and come ashore near Charleston through midday today.  Thereafter, the official forecast track turns the depression more northeastward and through our area during the day on Monday. 

RAIN:  Off and on showers continue at times through Memorial Day.  A total washout is not expected, but rain could be briefly heavy at times especially late Sunday through early Monday.  Breaks of sunshine will be likely in between the downpours.  Additional rainfall through Monday will reach up to 1 to 2 inches across much of the area, but isolated amounts of up to 4 inches will be possible.

BEACH CONDITIONS:  Rough surf will continue through Monday.  The risk of rip currents will be very high Sunday and Monday.  Minor beach erosion will be likely as well. 

WIND:  Because this will be a weak tropical storm, wind is not expected to be a big factor.  A few wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph will be possible at times on Sunday and Monday, but these winds are not strong enough to cause any damage. 

TORNADO THREAT:  As the storm moves on shore Sunday, a few of the outer rain bands may be capable of producing brief tornadoes mainly near the beaches.  Right now, the risk looks very low, but will have to monitored as the storm evolves.  

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