Just hours after forming offshore, Danny had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) as it moved offshore just north of Hilton Head on Pritchards Island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. that Danny was expected to quickly weaken on the ground as he heads southeast on a track through parts of Georgia.
The fourth named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season formed off the coast of South Carolina late Monday afternoon. Forecasters said it could be a rain generator in the interior of the northern Georgia Piedmont area and northeast Alabama.
Dangerous surf conditions were also expected along parts of the southeast coast, along with the threat of isolated tornadoes near the coast.
Tropical-storm-force winds were already in place Monday afternoon in parts of South Carolina, just hours after Danny formed. A weather station in Folly Beach, outside Charleston, recorded a 66 kph (41 mph) wind gust during the day, the Miami-based hurricane center said.
At 8 p.m., the storm centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Charleston, South Carolina, according to the Miami-based hurricane center. The system was moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).
A tropical storm warning was posted early Monday from Edisto Beach to South Santee River in South Carolina. The hurricane center said tropical storm conditions were expected to continue in the warning area for a few more hours after making landfall.
The storm could produce between 1 and 3 inches (3 to 8 centimeters) of rain with greater amounts in some coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina.
Forecasters said heavier rains could occur in some scattered locations, but the region has been dry, limiting the potential threat of widespread flooding.
Still, forecasters warned that some local flooding was still a possibility in urban areas along the coast and that up to 1 to 2 inches of rain was possible in other parts of South Carolina and in northern Georgia and the northeast Alabama.
Some ignored the potential impact of the storm.
In Savannah, Georgia, all systems were ready for the Savannah Bananas home baseball game Tuesday night as organizers watched the storm. Officials from the summer league collegiate team planned to cover the field with a tarp Monday in preparation for the game.
“For us being on the coast and being in Savannah, we have some nasty emerging storms that can dump an inch of rain in just a few hours,” Bananas Chairman Jared Orton said Monday. “This doesn’t seem like much more than a nice rainy day. I think we can go as long as the sun rises tomorrow. ”