MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A tropical storm warning has been issued for Horry and Georgetown counties in reference to Tropical Storm Colin.
LATEST STORM STATS: Tropical Storm Colin has maintained strength with winds still clocking 50 mph, but the storm looks very unorganized. The forward speed of the storm has increased and it's moving northeast at 22 mph. Landfall is expected along the Big Bend area of the Florida Gulf Coast overnight. The storm then moves quickly across Florida and up the Georgia coast early Tuesday. By Tuesday morning, the storm will make its closet approach to the Grand Strand.
LATEST LOCAL FORECAST-
RAIN: Rains will turn very heavy overnight through Tuesday morning. Storm totals for the beach will be 3 to 5 inches. The Pee Dee will get 1 to 3 inches of rain, or less for residents further west. The rain will come to an end quickly by 12 p.m., Tuesday.
FLOODING: There are several types of flooding to be concerned with.
Flash flooding from heavy rain. Be very careful overnight when it becomes hard to see water covering the roadway.
River flooding will be the focus later this week, as the area rivers start rising from the rain over the past few weeks. So far, the Lumber River is the only river close to minor flood stage, but all area rivers are expected to rise over the next several days.
WIND: The Grand Strand will have the strongest winds with speeds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts of 35 to 40 mph. They will be much lower away from the immediate coast.
SURF CONDITIONS: The risk of rip currents and rough surf will be dangerous Tuesday. With mostly sunny conditions expected Tuesday afternoon, this is a big concern. Swimming is not advised.
According to a press release, the Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not currently open and no watches or warnings have been issued for Horry County at this time.
Horry County emergency management officials urge citizens and visitors to have their preparations in place. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling, as roads will be slick and ponding may occur, the release stated.