CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Sunday morning, Florence weakened to a tropical depression as it continued to dump rain over the Carolinas. Tropical storm warnings that were in place from the South Santee River to Surf City, North Carolina, including Georgetown County, are now expired.
As of the 5 AM Sunday advisory, the center of Florence was about 20 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina. Moving west at 8 miles mph, the storm takes a turn to the northwest on Sunday moving over the Western Carolinas. Then a curve back to the northeast, over the Ohio Valley and New England is expected early in the week.
Winds died down overnight to 35 mph sustained, however there are some higher gusts possible over the Midlands.
Florence continues to produce heavy rain over central and western North Carolina as well as in southwest Virginia. The threat of heavy rains and even an isolated tornado remains over the Lowcountry through the day Sunday.
Choppy surf as well as a moderate risk for rip currents remains for the coast of South Carolina through the rest of the weekend.