The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Warning from South Santee River, South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina due to subtropical storm Ana.
A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to south of South Santee River and north of Surf City to Cape Lookout, North Carolina
A warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case also within 36 hours.
The updated warnings and watch were issued at 1100 a.m. EDT, when the center of Ana was about 180 miles south/southeast from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The storm has been meandering during the past few hours, but is expected to begin a north-northwestward motion later today, the NHC said. NHC expects Ana to make a turn toward the northwest with a slight increase in forward speed tomorrow.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Although Ana is expected to make the transition to a tropical storm later today, only small changes in strength are expected while the storm approaches the coastline over the next couple of days, according to forecasters.
Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 150 miles from the center.
Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area, and possible within the watch areas, by Saturday evening.
NHC said that the combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach 1 to 2 feet above ground at times of high tide in coastal areas from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina southward through South Carolina.
Ana is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated amounts of 6 inches, over eastern portions of North Carolina and South Carolina through the weekend.
Swells generated by Ana are affecting portions of the southeastern U.S. coast. These swells will likely cause life- threatening surf and rip currents.
Residents are urged to follow their local National Weather Service forecast office.
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