Flood, tornado watches expire as rain moves away

Source: National Hurricane Center
Source: National Hurricane Center
Source: Live 5 Storm Center
Source: Live 5 Storm Center

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – She appeared to be the storm that couldn't.

Tropical Storm Nicole fell apart shortly after she formed Wednesday, doing little more than dropping more rain on the Southeast, a region of the country that has not seen significant rainfall for weeks.

All flood and tornado watches have expired for Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties. Flood watches are still in effect for Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties. Those norther counties, as well as the North Carolina coast are still facing heavy rain and winds, but that severe weather has moved away from the Lowcountry.

Some light rain is possible early Thursday morning, but the sun should start to reappear around 11 a.m. in the Charleston area.

Clouds stay in the region most of Thursday morning, but should begin to slowly break up as the afternoon and evening approaches. Rain continues to push to the northeast out of the Grand Strand into North Carolina, which means the wet weather is over for the Lowcountry.
Temperatures are starting in the mid 60's and will warm to the low 80's by Thursday afternoon. There is an outside 20 percent chance of a very isolated shower inland later Thursday before the sky clears, but that should not be a big issue.
Overnight, clouds will move out and Friday morning will start clear and mild, in the low 60's. The weekend ahead looks fantastic with clear skies and highs in the low 70's, with morning lows cool, in the low 50's. Many inland areas will see lows in the upper 40s by the first of the week.

Tropical Storm Nicole was downgraded back to a tropical depression at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The storm quickly developed in the Caribbean earlier this week, hitting Cuba and it now passes southeastern Florida. The rain falling in the Lowcounty now is actually ahead of the tropical system, which is still by Florida.

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