Hurricane Season for the Atlantic starts on June 1, but it seems that the southeast is getting their storms a little early this year. A tropical storm has formed near South Carolina and is making her way up the coast. Tropical Storm Bertha quickly whipped up and is on the move today, so residents should prepare for stormy conditions.
Cainhoy, Daniel Island, and Red Bank Landing are also in the affected area.
Bertha settled herself just 30 miles east-southeast of Charleston and is moving northwest at just nine miles per hour, according to The Weather Channel.
She's made landfall about 20 miles east of Charleston with a chance for maximum winds at 50 miles per hour.
The main cause for concern will be heavy rains with the possibility of flash flooding in some areas. A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for northeast South Carolina through this evening.
Tropical Storm #Bertha has formed near the coast of South Carolina this morning. Heavy rainfall will be the biggest… https://t.co/QyaWsQqfYI— National Hurricane Center (@National Hurricane Center)1590581648.0
Up to 8 inches of rainfall is possible for eastern and central South Carolina, southeast, and central North Carolina, as well as southwest Virginia.
Along with heavy rainfall, the tropical storm will also bring strong winds expected to whip up between 30 and 40 knots, or 34 to 46 miles per hour along South Santee River to Edisto Beach South Carolina.
Tropical Storm #Bertha has made landfall along the SC coast about 20 miles east of Charleston with maximum sustaine… https://t.co/6vA5QmMqaU— National Hurricane Center (@National Hurricane Center)1590587176.0
These winds can produce life-threatening rip currents and dangerous surf along the beach coast that can capsize boats and pull would-be swimmers out to sea. Charleston will see winds upwards to 50 miles per hour, producing waves between 1 and 2 feet fall.
Residents are advised to avoid these hazardous conditions and seek shelter.
The National Hurricane Center has been giving regular updates throughout the morning to keep the public up to date on the storm and its conditions.