FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain, tidal flooding expected in the Lowcountry as Eta makes its way north

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Heavy rain and some tidal flooding is expected in the Lowcountry on Thursday as Tropical Storm Eta makes it way across the Florida coast.

The National Weather Service has put out a Flash Flood Watch for Charleston County, Dorchester County and portions of Berkeley County, starting 10 a.m. Thursday.

The late Wednesday night update forecast showed Eta making landfall across the northwest Florida coast and move northeast just to South Carolina’s east later Thursday night.

In addition to rain and tidal flooding on Thursday, gusty coastal winds are also expected.

“Several inches of rain are possible between now and Friday morning,” said Live 5 Meteorologist Bill Walsh late Wednesday night. “Minor localized flooding is a possibility.”

Most of the rain should end by Friday morning.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Wednesday and Thursday as First Alert Weather Days because of the impacts from Tropical Storm Eta in the Lowcountry.

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Late Wednesday night, Eta continued to bring heavy rains and strong winds to portions of west central Florida.

Eta is moving toward the north near 12 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue overnight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast and northeast Thursday morning.

On the forecast track, the center of Eta will move near but just offshore of the west-central coast of Florida Wednesday night, and move inland over the northern portion of the Florida peninsula on Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Eta is expected to move northeastward into the western Atlantic late Thursday and early Friday.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts,”NHC officials said."Slow weakening is expected as Eta approaches the west coast of Florida tonight, followed by more rapid weakening after landfall occurs on Thursday."

Eta is expected to dissipate when it gets to the Georgia and Florida border by Saturday.

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