CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The National Hurricane Center has dropped the tropical storm warnings for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties as of the 11 AM update. The flash flood watch for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties was expired by the National Weather Service at the same time.
Florence continues it’s slow drift and weakening Saturday morning. As of the 11 AM advisory, Florence was located 40 miles west of Myrtle Beach and 40 miles south of Florence over eastern Williamsburg County. Florence is moving west at 2 mph and a slow west ward track is expected through the day as the center moves toward the Midlands. A turn to the west-northwest is expected on Sunday.
Florence is steadily losing steam as it drops to 45 mph sustained winds. Higher wind gusts are possible, especially in the warning areas and east of the center inside heavy rain bands. Tropical storm force winds extend out up to 150 miles from the center. Gradual weakening is expected as it moves further inland today and Florence is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression by tonight.
Anywhere from 1″-5″ of rain has already fallen across the Lowcountry so far. Another 1″-4″ of rain is possible through the weekend with the highest totals expected across Williamsburg and Georgetown counties.