Heavy rain, strong winds expected in Myrtle Beach area

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 6, 2014 

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Strong gusty winds, heavy rain and high surf are expected in the Myrtle Beach area Friday, possibly leading to beach erosion, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

Forecasters said conditions were expected to improve by Friday afternoon.

The area could see as much as two inches of rain and sustained winds between 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph along the coast as a low pressure system from the Gulf of Mexico moves through the area, said meteorologist Steve Pfaff. Soggy ground conditions and strong winds could cause some trees and limbs to fall and could cause sporadic power outages, Pfaff said.

The highest amounts of rain will be along the coast, he said, but widespread flooding is not expected. Localized flooding is possible in low-lying areas.

After the rain and wind Friday, the high temperature is expected to be about 50 degrees. The weather will be warmer and drier through the remainder of the weekend.

A high surf advisory and a gale advisory were issued for the beaches since surf with breakers up to eight feet were expected Thursday night into Friday morning, said meteorologist Robert DiGiorgi. Strong rip currents and coastal flooding, especially at high tide, can be expected as the storm moves through the area.

The large surf and wave run-up likely will lead to beach erosion, especially on beaches that face east or southeast, Pfaff said.

Officials issued a warning for motorists Thursday that they should expect standing water in low-lying areas and be prepared to allow extra time for their morning commute.

After Friday’s wind and rain, temperatures are expected to reach into the 60s for Saturday and Sunday, according to meteorologist Rick Kreitner from the National Weather Service.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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