Tropical Storm Bonnie forms in Atlantic, expected to hit S. Carolina


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Tropical Storm Bonnie is taking aim at South Carolina’s coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Bonnie has top sustained winds of 40 mph. It’s the season’s second-named tropical storm, emerging four days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Forecasters say Bonnie was about 125 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 5 p.m. EDT. It has begun spreading locally heavy rains across coastal areas of South Carolina.

The hurricane center says Bonnie is expected to move onshore south of Charleston sometime Sunday morning, then turn northeast and slowly dissipate as it moves along the coast of the Carolinas over the rest of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

No evacuations have been ordered at this time.