FIRST ALERT: Tornado warning expires for Horry, Georgetown counties; watch remains in effect
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Another tornado warning that was issued for Horry and Georgetown counties Thursday morning has expired.
A TORNADO WATCH remains in effect for Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Florence and Williamsburg counties until 9 a.m. Thursday as Tropical Storm Elsa moves through South Carolina, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and several the tornado warnings already this morning.
It was the second tornado warning for Horry County and the third for Georgetown County. Previous warnings had also been issued for Dillon and Robeson counties.
The greatest threat of a tornado will be with any storm that is coming onshore this morning. Storms typically like to rotate as they move onto the beaches. Remember, a TORNADO WATCH means conditions are favorable for tornadoes in the area. We expect a few Tornado Warnings this morning as Elsa moves through.
Elsa will continue to move through the Carolinas as a tropical storm this morning. Wind speeds up to 40 mph are expected with a few gusts higher than that along the Grand Strand and beaches. Thankfully, Elsa will be moving to the northeast quickly this morning, providing us only with a few hours of bad weather.
Heavy rain looks likely across most of the region today with 1″ to 3″ expected. Very heavy rainfall in a short amount of time this morning could result in minor street flooding at times. River levels continue to run much lower-than-normal so river flooding is not expected. With so much tropical moisture in the air, someone will pick up on 4″ of rain.
Widespread issues from wind are NOT expected. Winds will turn gusty starting before sunrise and peak around sunrise. Wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph are possible, especially near the beaches. A few higher gusts could occur in stronger rain bands. Secure any loose outdoor items that could be tossed around in gusty winds. We have already seen some impressive tropical-storm-force wind gusts this morning down in the Lowcountry.
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