Tropical Depression Bonnie dissipates, rain impacts still possible

VIDEO: Bonnie dissipates, but heavy rainfall still a possibility

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Bonnie has dissipated into a post-tropical cyclone. However, the potential for additional heavy rainfall continues over the Carolinas.

"Don't cancel any plans, just be ready to head indoors if you get caught underneath one of those downpours," Meteorologist Joey Sovine said. "It will not rain all day."

The highest chance of rain, he said, would be later Monday morning and into the afternoon, but temperatures are expected to warm into the 70s by lunchtime and into the 80s by the afternoon.

The center of what was Bonnie was near latitude 33.4 North, longitude 79.8 West, approximately 45 miles north-northeast of Charleston, as of 11 a.m. Monday.

Forecasters say what is left of the depression is still expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of one to three inches across eastern South Carolina, eastern North Carolina, and southeast Virginia, with isolated maximum amounts near five inches.

Farther north, the moisture from Bonnie will produce additional rainfall accumulations of up to two inches across eastern portions of the mid-Atlantic region into southern New England through Wednesday.

Total rainfall of more than 8 inches has already occurred over large portions of south-central South Carolina.

The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near two mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next day or so, with some increase in forward speed by Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph  with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1012 mb.

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