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Rainfall expected Saturday, tropical depression forecast to upgrade to tropical storm

‘Near normal’ hurricane season expected this year

NOAA released its Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook for 2016. Dr. Gerry Bell explains how to monitor hurricane forecasts throughout the season, from June 1 through November 30, and how to be prepared for any storms.
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NOAA released its Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook for 2016. Dr. Gerry Bell explains how to monitor hurricane forecasts throughout the season, from June 1 through November 30, and how to be prepared for any storms.

A tropical depression spinning in the Atlantic headed toward Myrtle Beach will likely upgrade to Tropical Storm Bonnie, and downpours are expected to begin Saturday along the Grand Strand.

Scattered showers are expected to start Saturday afternoon and continue drenching the coast into the evening, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Horry and Georgetown counties late Friday afternoon, with the tropical depression expected to bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain over the next several days, and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Strong rip currents also are expected.

The storm is holding with winds at 35 mph as a tropical depression Saturday morning about 275 miles away from Myrtle Beach, moving northwest at 14 mph and will likely strengthen and become Tropical Storm Bonnie later Saturday or Sunday, bringing waves of showers and heavy rain with her, according to forecasters with the weather service.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm’s center will reach the coast near Charleston Sunday.

Horry County officials urged drivers to be cautious as roads will be slick and ponding could occur.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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