Tropical storm warning issued for South Carolina

A tropical storm warning continues for the South Carolina coastline.

Tropical Storm Bonnie was off the South Carolina coast Saturday night. The system is producing rain in coastal areas.

About 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall over parts of coastal Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. As of 8:00 pm, Tropical Storm Bonnie has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is centered about 135 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.


Forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. They also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months.

NOAA's season outlook calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four "major" ones with winds reaching 111 mph and up.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1.