FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Danny makes landfall on South Carolina coast
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Danny made landfall on the South Carolina coast on Monday night.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, At 8:00 PM , the center of Tropical Storm Danny was located near latitude 32.3 North, longitude 80.5 West.
Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph and this general motion is expected to continue into Tuesday.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm made landfall just north of Hilton Head on Pritchards Island.
Danny is expected to move inland across southern South Carolina and east-central Georgia on Monday night and into early Tuesday morning.
Data from NOAA Doppler radars and reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. Rapid weakening is forecast after Danny moves inland, and the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later Monday night and dissipate by late Tuesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center.
The main impacts to the Carolinas will be through a high rip current risk, increased shower and thunderstorm activity and gusty winds. Rip current risk statements are already out along the South Carolina coast today as a dangerous surf is expected with waves up to 10-15 ft not too far off the coast. Today is not the day to get out in the water.
The best time for the strongest rip currents today will be a couple of hours on either side of low tide. Low tide is set for 5:19 PM this evening.
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