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Hurricane Statement
GAZ087-088-099>101-114>119-137>141-SCZ040-042>045-047>052-281745-

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 3
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC AL022016
542 AM EDT SAT MAY 28 2016

THIS PRODUCT COVERS SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA

**DEPRESSION HAS NOT STRENGTHENED YET**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- NONE

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR INLAND
BERKELEY...INLAND JASPER...BEAUFORT...COASTAL
COLLETON...CHARLESTON...COASTAL JASPER AND TIDAL BERKELEY

* STORM INFORMATION:
- ABOUT 265 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CHARLESTON SC OR ABOUT 280 MILES
EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SAVANNAH GA
- 29.9N 77.0W
- STORM INTENSITY 35 MPH
- MOVEMENT NORTHWEST OR 315 DEGREES AT 14 MPH

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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TROPICAL DEPRESSION 2 CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST COAST
THIS MORNING. AT 5 AM...THE DEPRESSION WAS LOCATED ABOUT 265 MILES
SOUTHEAST OF CHARLESTON...OR 280 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SAVANNAH. THE
DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTHWEST THROUGH TONIGHT WHILE SLOWING
DOWN...POSSIBLY MAKING LANDFALL IN OR NEAR CHARLESTON COUNTY SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AS A VERY WEAK TROPICAL STORM. THE SYSTEM IS THEN EXPECTED
TO BEGIN TO PULL AWAY FROM THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT.

WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL STEADILY DETERIORATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
TONIGHT AS THE DEPRESSION BEGINS TO APPROACHES THE COAST. RAIN COULD
BECOME LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH AT LEAST SUNDAY...
WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA. LOCALLY
HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST. THERE
WILL BE A RISK FOR MINOR FLOODING...MAINLY IN LOW LYING AND POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS NEAR THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST NEAR THE TIMES OF HIGH
TIDE...BUT SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THE AREA RECEIVES WILL BE HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON THE
EXACT TRACK AND SPEED OF THE TROPICAL DEPRESSION.

THE RISK FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS WILL BE HIGHEST IN RAIN
BANDS TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING AS THE DEPRESSION APPROACHES AND
THEN POSSIBLY MOVES OVER OR NEAR THE LOWER SOUTH CAROLINA COAST. THE
AREA THAT IS MOST LIKELY TO SEE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS GUSTS ...
POTENTIALLY AS HIGH AS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS...WILL BE ALONG
THE COASTAL AREAS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING THE
CHARLESTON METRO AREA. WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE ARE CAPABLE OF BREAKING
WEAK LIMBS...DAMAGING WEAK STRUCTURES...PORCHES...SHINGLES OR SIDING
AND BLOWING AROUND LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES ARE
POSSIBLE. DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS COULD DEVELOP ON ELEVATED AND
EXPOSED BRIDGES SUCH AS THE RAVENEL BRIDGE...THE DON HOLT BRIDGE...THE
JAMES ISLAND CONNECTOR AND THE ISLE OF PALMS CONNECTOR.

THERE WILL BE INCREASED RISK FOR STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP
CURRENTS AS WELL AS BEACH EROSION ALONG THE BEACHES OF BOTH SOUTHEAST
SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
PROTECT AGAINST LOCALLY HAZARDOUS RAINFALL FLOODING HAVING POSSIBLE
LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST
GEORGIA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE:
- LOCALIZED RAINFALL FLOODING COULD PROMPT A FEW EVACUATIONS.
- RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES COULD QUICKLY RISE WITH SWIFTER
CURRENTS. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, AND DITCHES COULD
BECOME SWOLLEN AND OVERFLOW IN SPOTS.
- FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER A FEW STRUCTURES, ESPECIALLY IN NORMALLY
VULNERABLE SPOTS. RAPID PONDING OF WATER COULD OCCUR AT
UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SEVERAL
STORM DRAINS AND RETENTION PONDS BECOME NEAR-FULL AND BEGIN TO
OVERFLOW. SOME BRIEF ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES.

* WIND:
PROTECT AGAINST HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS
SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE:
- DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, SHEDS, AND UNANCHORED
MOBILE HOMES. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT.
- MANY LARGE TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE
SHALLOW ROOTED. SOME FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER.
- SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE DUE TO DEBRIS, PARTICULARLY WITHIN URBAN
OR HEAVILY WOODED LOCATIONS. HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ON
BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES.
- ISOLATED TO SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES.

ELSEWHERE ACROSS SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA,
LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED.

* OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS:
THERE WILL BE INCREASED RISK FOR STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP
CURRENTS AS WELL AS BEACH EROSION ALONG THE BEACHES OF BOTH SOUTHEAST
SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
NOW IS THE TIME TO BRING TO COMPLETION ALL PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN.

KEEP CELL PHONES WELL CHARGED AND HANDY. ALSO, CELL PHONE CHARGERS
FOR AUTOMOBILES CAN BE HELPFUL AFTER THE STORM. LOCATE YOUR CHARGERS
AND KEEP THEM WITH YOUR CELL PHONE.

IN EMERGENCIES IT IS BEST TO REMAIN CALM. STAY INFORMED AND FOCUSED
ON THE SITUATION AT HAND. EXERCISE PATIENCE WITH THOSE YOU ENCOUNTER.
BE A GOOD SAMARITAN AND HELPFUL TO OTHERS.

IF YOU ARE A VISITOR AND STILL IN THE AREA, LISTEN FOR THE NAME OF
THE CITY OR TOWN IN WHICH YOU ARE STAYING WITHIN LOCAL NEWS UPDATES.
BE SURE YOU KNOW THE NAME OF THE COUNTY OR PARISH IN WHICH IT
RESIDES. PAY ATTENTION FOR INSTRUCTIONS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR
OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. BE READY TO ADAPT TO POSSIBLE CHANGES TO
THE FORECAST.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV
- FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG
- FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG

NEXT UPDATE
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THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN CHARLESTON SC AROUND 12 NOON EDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS
WARRANT.

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