UPDATED: Tropical Storm Danny makes landfall on S.C. coast; impacts to the Outer Banks minimal

Tropical Storm Danny made landfall on Prichard's Island, S.C. on June 28, 2021 at 7:49 p.m. [NOAA image]

UPDATED, 8 p.m.: Tropical Storm Danny made landfall on Prichard’s Island, north of Hilton Head, at 7:49 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is forecast to continue moving west-northwest through interior sections of South Carolina and Georgia.

UPDATED, 3 p.m.: The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the tropical depression off the South Carolina coast to the fourth tropical storm of 2021 in the Atlantic.

“Doppler radar data from Charleston, South Carolina, along with preliminary data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft, indicate that the depression has strengthened and is now Tropical Storm Danny. The maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 40 mph with higher gusts. A Weatherflow station at Folly Beach, South Carolina, recently reported a wind gust of 41 mph.”

A tropical storm warning has been issued for a portion of the coast of South Carolina as the tropical depression formed off the coast this morning.

Impacts to the Outer Banks are expected to be minimal, but strong swells from the storm, which was centered about 145 miles southeast of Charleston this morning, have increased the risk of deadly rip currents here.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the South Carolina coast by late this afternoon, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous, the National Hurricane Center said.

Rapid weakening is forecast after landfall occurs.

The National Weather Service says no significant wind or rainfall impacts are expected across the Outer Banks from the tropical depression.

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