CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - We’re keeping a close eye on Elsa after making landfall in the Big Bend region of Florida. The storm began tracking northward toward Georgia and eventually here into South Carolina Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Both are FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAYS as Tropical Storm Warnings were in effect for coastal areas of South Carolina 11 p.m. Tuesday night, but extended inland because the track of Tropical Storm Elsa shifted more toward the north and east of our forecast area.
Wind gusts up to 50 mph were confirmed overnight across portions of our coverage area, according to the National Weather Service Charleston. The heaviest raid arrived after sunset and continued through early Thursday up to six inches in portions of West Ashley.
Although the bulk of Elsa will move north of the area by mid morning, wrap around moisture will keep the chance of rain bands (including a few downpours) in the forecast through Thursday evening. Rainfall totals were on average between 1-4″ with isolated flooding in spots that are near the higher end of that range
As this storm system moved through the night and Thursday morning, we’ll also saw threats of isolated tornadoes, which prompted multiple emergency alert weather warnings in Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Two possible tornado touchdowns include Edisto Beach and Port Royal to our south:
At the beaches, a high risk of rip currents lasts through Thursday. Experts urge you please not enter the water over the next 2 days. The weather should start to improve on Friday with only a slight chance of a shower or storm leftover by the weekend.
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