Carolinas Spared Serious Damage From First Storm Of The Season

Carolinas Spared Serious Damage From First Storm Of The Season

South Carolina dodged its first bullet of the summer storm season as tropical storm Ana made landfall in South Carolina early Sunday.

The storm weakened as it came ashore just north of Myrtle Beach yet still packed 45 mph maximum sustained winds at 6am. Eastern, according to the National Hurricane Center.

On Sunday radar showed sustained winds of 60 mph which could have cause significant damage.

Instead it brought medium grade rain and storm surges.During high tide, surges were forecast to send 1 to 2 feet of water onto coastal land. The weather service advised of flooding for low-lying areas near the coast.

The eastern Carolinas will receive approximately 4 to 6 inches of rain maximum over the course of the storm.

Yet beachgoers near Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and the outer banks are being warned of high rip currents and waves.

On land the winds are expected to break tree limbs, cause scattered power outages and do minor damage to porches, carports, sheds and awnings.

The storm is expected to continue north along the coast and move inland.

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