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Tropical Depression Bonnie made landfall just north of Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday morning, bringing flooding rainfall and closing off a portion of Interstate 95.

Bonnie officially made landfall at 8:30am EDT on the Isle of Palms, about 15 miles east of Charleston. Bonnie weakened from a Tropical Storm to a Tropical Depression overnight, although winds and coastal flooding appeared to be of relatively minor impact.

Heavy rain and localized flooding created major disruptions in parts of South Carolina. As of Sunday afternoon, Charleston’s airport had recorded 4.84″ of rain, and some totals in Jasper and Hampton counties exceeded nine inches, leading to significant flooding here (picture). Interstate 95 was closed southbound as of Sunday afternoon, while only one lane remained open northbound.

Approximately 1,400 customers were without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to Duke Energy and South Carolina Electric and Gas.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Bonnie.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: Amber Stafford-Scofero

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Tropical Storm Bonnie Forms in Atlantic; Landfall Imminent

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Tropical Depression Two has strengthened into Tropical Storm Bonnie, making it the second named storm of the Atlantic season mere days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

As of 4pm EDT on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded the storm to Bonnie, just hours before the storm is expected to make landfall on southern South Carolina, possibly near Charleston.

Primary impacts are expected to be heavy rainfall and the potential for coastal flooding, particularly from Savannah, Georgia north to Wilmington, North Carolina. Bonnie’s maximum sustained winds aren’t expected to exceed 50 miles-per-hour (MPH) at landfall, making expected wind concerns mostly minimal, although some scattered power outages may occur.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in place along coastal South Carolina.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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