On May 28, 2016, the National Hurricane Center sent out a public advisory that tropical depression Bonnie has strengthened to a tropical storm, and heavy rainfall may affect the coastal areas of South Carolina. According to the advisory, the storm is expected to weaken on Sunday, May 29. A tropical storm warning is in effect, it is likely to affect the area from the Little River inlet to the Savannah River.
At the time of the advisory, Tropical Strom Bonnie was 120 miles south-southeast of Beaufort, South Carolina. Currently, the maximum sustained winds were measured at 40 mph, and it is presently moving northwest, at 10 mph, with a central pressure of 1008 millibars or 29.77 inches.
The English units of air pressure are inches of mercury. The metric version is millibars. Typically, the average sea level pressure is 29.92 inches of mercury and 1013 millibars.
The tropical storm is expected to strengthen somewhat as it passes over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The area may receive up to five inches of rain.
Several hazards may occur, including high winds, storm surges with surf rising as much as two feet above ground level. Life-threatening surf and rip currents may be present. The advisory suggests residents remain vigilant and check the local tide data before entering the water.
By Kenya Miller
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER: Tropical Storm Bonnie Advisory
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