CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Florence is still hovering around 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach and 45 miles SSE of Florence as of the 8 AM update. The storm is almost stalled as it moves west at 2 mph. 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 maintained at 50 mph with higher gusts likely, especially closer to the center of circulation. 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.
Heavy rains and gusty winds are forecast across the Lowcountry through Saturday. Sunday, the winds die down but rain chances stay elevated with the potential for heavy downpours. Forecast models maintain 2″-4″ inches of rain possible through the weekend with isolated higher amounts.