CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Florence continues to drift WSW Saturday morning at 5 mph as it weakens even more. The center of the storm is about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach and 45 miles SSE of Florence, South Carolina. A turn to the west and northwest is expected on Saturday and Sunday. Then a turn north through the Ohio Valley is anticipated by Monday.
Sustained winds are down to 50 mph, keeping Florence at tropical storm strength. Stronger gusts are possible. Continued weakening is forecast as the storm moves further inland over the next several days. Florence likely weakens to a tropical depression by Saturday night. Tropical storm force winds extend out up to 175 miles from the center of the storm.
A tropical storm warning and a flash flood watch remains in effect for Dorchester, Charleston, Berkeley, Williamsburg and Georgetown counties. A high risk for rip currents and a small craft advisory remain in effect along the coast of South Carolina and for the near shore waters.