August 11, 2014

Forecasters record wetter than normal August in Myrtle Beach area, more rain on the way

So far this month, Grand Strand residents have experienced a wetter than normal August, according to weather forecasters.

So far this month, Grand Strand residents have experienced a wetter than normal August, according to weather forecasters.

And more rain is expected this week for the Myrtle Beach area.

“A trough of low pressure has been stalling over two-thirds of the Eastern part of the U.S. The fronts have been coming out and they’ve been stalling over the coastal areas,” said Reid Hawkins, a science officer with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

Forecasters have recorded more than two inches above normal rainfall in the area at the North Myrtle Beach weather measuring station, Hawkins said. During the first 10 days of August, Hawkins said 4.07 inches of rain has fallen in the area.

That’s more than half of the July total rainfall, which was 6.44 inches including 2.25 from Hurricane Arthur during the first of the month, he said.

“Those fronts have been stalling over the area and along the coast. It keeps repeating over and over again,” Hawkins said. “It dissipates but another front comes in and sets up.”

And just like a broken record another front is on the way, expected to stall on Wednesday, he said.

“This next one looks like it’s going to be stationary off Little River . . . all the way to southern Georgia,” Hawkins said. “It looks like we’re going to be staying in a wet regime. At least in the next seven days it doesn’t look like it changes much.”

For Tuesday, forecasters predict up to a quarter inch of rainfall with a 50 percent chance of showers for the area. The chance drops to 30 percent for rainfall overnight and on Wednesday.

With such saturated grounds, some flooding is expected and officials warned residents and visitors should stay out of floodwaters.

“You never know what’s in those waters and what’s underneath,” Hawkins said.

Localized flooding was reported in North Myrtle Beach and Garden City Beach areas where several roads were closed this weekend when rain waters overwhelmed storm drains, officials said.

High tide and a full moon also caused flooding problems Saturday in Cherry Grove, said Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach city spokesman.

Officials warned that residents should avoid floodwaters and do not drive through them when high water covers area streets.

“Standing water hides many dangers including toxins and chemicals. There may be debris under the water and the road surface may have been compromised,” according to the National Weather Service.

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