S.C. officials watch for possible tropical storm

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC/AP) - Officials in two South Carolina counties increased their alert level slightly as a potential tropical storm approaches the Carolinas.

Georgetown and Horry County officials raised their alert level Monday and said they were discussing with state emergency management officials the possibility of a tropical storm Monday or Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch from near Georgetown north to Duck, North Carolina, in the northern Outer Banks.

At 8 a.m. Monday, the storm was mostly stationary about 135 miles southwest of Charleston

The storm is expected to move slowly toward South Carolina on Monday and become a tropical storm by Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph.

The National Hurricane Center expects the system to bring up to 6 inches of rain.

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