Hurricane Dorian nearing SC coast Wednesday; gains strength

Hurricane Central

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Hurricane Dorian remains a powerful Category 2 storm as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. It picked up a bit of strength with maximum sustained winds now up to 110 mph. The eye is now east of the coast of southeastern Georgia, about 150 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for All of Beaufort, Colleton, and Charleston Counties. Zone B & G for Berkeley County. Zone D for Dorchester County and zone A Georgetown.

Impacts:

Storm Surge: The main impact Storm Team 2 is concerned about is storm surge, which could impact the coastline with high tide this afternoon around 1 pm and tomorrow morning around 1 am. Saltwater inundation could be felt across the Lowcountry as early as 10 am this morning. A reasonable worst-case scenario has between 4-7 feet of storm surge possible. If you saw flooding during Irma and/or Matthew you are likely going to see similar impacts.

Heavy Rain: Periods of heavy rain could lead to significant flooding. Depending on how close the eye approaches our coastline, rainfall totals are expected to surpass 10 inches along the coastline, and with widespread 6-10 inches totals farther inland. Rain totals will quick drop off west of I-95. However, these rainfall totals will be adjusted as the exact track of hurricane Dorian comes more into focus.

Wind: A period of tropical storm force sustained winds starting as early as tonight and continuing through Thursday. Frequent gusts of 40-60 mph are expected inland with 60-80 mph gusts along the coast. Locally higher gusts are possible, especially along the coast.

Tornadoes: An Isolated threat of tornadoes possible with the outer bands of hurricane Dorian.

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