Heavy rains expected today in the Myrtle Beach area

troot@thesunnews.comApril 12, 2013 

MYRTLE BEACH Strong thunderstorms were moving across the Myrtle Beach area early Friday and weather officials expected heavy rain throughout the day.

A cold front is moving through the area and is expected to be offshore by Friday evening, forecasters said. By Saturday, the rain should be gone as a dry high pressure front builds from the west in the area before more rain is expected Monday.

A tornado watch expired at 7 a.m. after forecasters issued it at 1 a.m. Friday. Forecasters also issued a flood advisory when torrential rains moved through the area between 7 and 8:45 a.m. Rainfall was up to an inch in some areas and minor flooding in low-lying areas and on poorly drained road was being reported.

Motorists should slow down and use caution when traveling Friday because water was reported as pooling on roadways.

The high temperature Friday will be near 82 degrees with south winds around 18 mph and gusts up to 28 mph, according to forecasters. The chance of rain is 80 percent and up to three quarters of an inch is expected throughout the day before showers taper off Friday night. The overnight low will be near 55.

Sunny skies will return Saturday with a high near 74 and remain on Sunday with a high near 71 degrees, forecasters said. On Monday, there is a 40 percent chance of rain before temperatures return to unseasonably warm levels for the middle of next week.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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