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Big surf likely to be only effect on S.C.

Aug 4, 2011 12:05:00 AM - thestate.com
Tropical Storm Emily is expected to get close enough to South Carolina to at least stir up big surf.

After moving slowly Wednesday, Emily was primed to cross Hispaniola overnight. If the system survives the trip over the island’s mountains, the National Hurricane Center forecasts it will move northwest over the next few days.

That path would aim the storm at South Carolina, but National Weather Service forecasters in Charleston expect an upper-level trough over South Carolina this weekend will act as a bumper, turning Emily to the east.

In the National Hurricane Center‘s five-day forecast, the edge of the path reaches South Carolina early Sunday, which means there’s still a chance the center of the storm could scrape up the coast. But most computer models project Emily will stay 200 or so miles offshore. It’s expected to stay a tropical storm until reaching minimal hurricane status late Sunday.

Should the storm remain well 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 Sunday.

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