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FIRST ALERT: Some rain, wind affect Lowcountry as Florence moves slowly across SC

Portions of the Lowcountry are now feeling more effects from Tropical Storm Florence as the storm travels through South Carolina. Portions of the Lowcountry are now feeling more effects from Tropical Storm Florence as the storm travels through South Carolina.
Florence on radar as of 7 a.m. Saturday (Source: Live 5) Florence on radar as of 7 a.m. Saturday (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The Tropical Storm warnings associated with Florence in the Lowcountry were canceled Saturday morning after the threat of the storm in the Lowcountry continued to move inland toward the Midlands. 

Florence is currently about 40 miles west of Myrtle Beach and has maximum sustained winds near 45 mph.

At 11 a.m., the center of Florence was over eastern South Carolina near latitude 33.6 North, longitude 79.6 West.

National Hurricane Center officials say Florence is moving toward the west-southwest near 5 mph. A turn toward the west and northwest is expected through the weekend and the storm is forecast to turn north through the Ohio Valley on Monday.  

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says Florence is slowly moving west-southwest at 5 mph with rain and gusty winds expected to affect the Tri-County early Saturday morning and throughout the day. 

"The effects to the Lowcountry will all depend on how big Florence's dip into South Carolina is," Walsh said.

Possible effects include tree damage, power outages, damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

Below is a breakdown of expected impacts in the Lowcountry: 

Georgetown/Williamsburg counties

  • Saturday: Bands of rain tapering off late in the day. Peak wind gusts 40 to 50 mph.
  • Sunday:  Improving weather. A few scattered showers/storms.
  • Rainfall totals: 6 to 10 inches 

Charleston/Berkeley/Dorchester counties

  • Saturday: Bands of rain, some heavy at times.  Winds gusts up to 40 mph.
  • Sunday:  Improving weather. A few scattered showers/storms. Wind 15 to 25 mph.
  • Rainfall totals: 2 to 6 inches (Highest totals in Northern Berkeley and Charleston Counties)

Colleton County

  • Saturday: Scattered showers and windy conditions. Winds up to 35 mph.
  • Sunday: A Few Showers Possible. 
  • Rainfall totals: Less than one inch.

"The storm is moving really slow through the region," Walsh said."If it was moving faster we would have lesser impacts." 

South Carolina is expecting lots of rain and wind over the next few days.

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Watches and warnings in effect

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... * Myrtle Beach South Carolina to Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina * Pamlico Sound, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Edisto Beach South Carolina to Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina * Pamlico Sound

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