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S.C. coast on edge of Emily’s 5-day forecast path

Aug 3, 2011 11:44:00 AM - thestate.com
Forecasters and computer models continue to get a little more confident of Tropical Storm Emily’s future, and the system is expected to get close enough to South Carolina to at least stir up big surf.

Emily remained southeast of Hispaniola early Wednesday, having moved little overnight. It is expected to move over that Caribbean island tonight and begin a slow curve to the north and east.

The National Hurricane Center moved its forecast path very little early Wednesday, with the edge of the five-day forecast cone still reaching South Carolina early Sunday. The system is projected to remain a tropical storm until reaching hurricane strength late Sunday.

Should the storm remain several hundred miles offshore as forecast, the major concern along the South Carolina coast will be high surf. Wave forecast website swellinfo.com predicts waves at Folly Beach will grow to 2-4 feet late Saturday and hit 5 feet on Sunday.

That size of surf with the southeast period swells usually caused by tropical systems often leads to rip currents. If you’re planning a family trip to a South Carolina beach this weekend, you might have a day or two when children should stay out of the surf.

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