Tropical Storm Danny forms off SC coast

A tropical depression off the coast of South Carolina strengthened into Tropical Storm Danny on Monday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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In an update posted online around 3:05 p.m., officials said preliminary data indicated that Danny had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, with higher gusts. The storm was about 45 miles south-southeast of Charleston as of Monday afternoon.

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Officials said Danny was moving at a speed of about 16 mph to the north-northwest on Monday, a speed and direction it’s expected to maintain “for the next couple (of) days.”

The storm is expected to make landfall along the South Carolina coast later Monday, bringing with it tropical storm conditions. According to NHC, parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama could see between one and three inches of rain as a result of the storm.

“Rapid weakening is forecast after landfall occurs,” NHC officials said in a 2 p.m. public advisory.