Heavy rains continue to douse area

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Rain continues to fall Wednesday as some areas add to much-needed rain totals. Some places, including the Mt. Pleasant Airport recorded over 6 inches of rain while most of the Tri-County area got between 1 to 3 inches as of midnight.

Mother Nature is watering the lawns for free again this morning along the coastline with more showers and storms from Georgetown County south to the Savannah River. Temperatures are holding in the mid 70's for the start of the day and thanks to the clouds around today, highs should stay below normal, topping out in the upper 80's to near 90 degrees inland.

As the coastal rain slowly moves south Wednesday, the potential for some afternoon storms increases as storms may develop along the sea-breeze. Any storms that do develop will have very deep tropical moisture to work with so they will be prolific rainfall producers so watch for isolated street flooding. Winds are light out of the southwest around 5 to 12 mph.

Rain and thunder should push south of the region with temperatures falling back into the mid 70's Wednesday night.

Thursday will start partly cloudy with the outside chance of a few coastal showers or storms, but will transition back to hot by the afternoon hours as sunshine pushes highs into the mid 90's. We may stay below heat advisory levels tomorrow but as the heat returns to the upper 90s Friday into the weekend, dangerous heat is still on our mind.

A tropical wave that has been moving over the Caribbean Sea the past few days has shown an impressive burst of organization this morning just off the west tip of Cuba. The Hurricane Hunters are tasked to investigate this disturbance later today to see if a tropical depression or storm is forming.

The NHC is giving the region a high chance of development over the next 48 hours. Forecast models take the disturbance northwest into the Gulf of Mexico where it could threaten the coast of Texas or Louisiana.

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