Rip currents a threat along SC coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Forecasters say there's a high risk for rip currents along the South Carolina coast as Hurricane Earl approaches.

The National Weather Service office says dangerous rip currents are expected along the entire coast until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Those dangerous conditions are expected to continue with a high surf advisory in effect along the south coast starting at midnight tonight until early Friday morning. High surf is also expected along the Grand Strand from noon until midnight Thursday.

A small craft advisory also is in effect until midnight Thursday night on the north coast and until 6 a.m. Friday on the south coast.

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