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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Ana upgraded to tropical storm, continues slow track toward Myrtle Beach

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Hurricane Center upgraded Ana from a subtropical to a tropical storm overnight. The system is continuing a slow north-northwesterly track toward the Myrtle Beach area where a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the South Santee River to Surf City, North Carolina.

The warning area covers Georgetown and Horry Counties as well as South Carolina's coastal waters. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm wind conditions are expected in the warning area within 36 hours.

Charleston and Berkeley Counties remain under a tropical storm watch. That threat for the Tri-County area includes off-and-on showers — heavy at times — throughout the next two days, strong coastal winds, beach erosion, a high risk of rip currents and rough surf. A High Surf Advisory, Small Craft Advisory, and a Gale Warning still remain in effect.

But the highest rainfall totals are likely to be measured between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach, which could see up to four inches of rain by Sunday.

Experts expect Ana to make landfall around sunrise on Sunday, but the track of the storm shifted east by about 20 miles on Friday, moving the predicted landfall to an area between Georgetown and Wilmington.

Subtropical Storm Ana was named Thursday shortly before 11 p.m., becoming the first named storm of the season weeks before the official June 1 start of Hurricane Season.

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