The eye of Tropical Storm Hermine moved across the Lowcountry on Friday afternoon and new National Hurricane Service data shows the storm’s center to be roughly 30 miles north-west of Charleston hovering over Cottageville as of 5 p.m.
Hermine was moving northeast at 30 miles per hour and is expected to decrease in speed as it bounds along the coast. The strength of Hermine’s speed and winds could increase if the storm enters the Atlantic Ocean and they could again reach near hurricane levels.
There are various reports of tornado warnings across the state. Horry County received several warnings about a tornado but the warning came from radar information and there are no reports a funnel cloud was sighted Friday. Earlier tornado warnings were issued in Walterboro and in the rural communities north of Sumter. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the region extending from south of Myrtle Beach to north of Cape Hatteras, NC.
Rainfall across the state continues to come down in blankets. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC reports that 6.41 inches of rain fell on Myrtle Beach and 7.68 inches of rain covered Surf City beach. High levels of rain are recorded across the state and the flood warnings continue to follow.
The South Carolina Emergency Managment Division reported that as of 5:30 p.m., there were 44,000 power outages statewide in South Carolina
The National Weather Service in Columbia reports a flood warning for the North Fork of the Edisto River near Orangeburg which could affect flood warnings for the entire Orangeburg County. The flood stage for that portion of the Edisto River is expected to reach 8.5 feet.
While the conditions in South Carolina evolve, the National Weather Service has discontinued warnings in coastal Georgia.