Tropical Storm Bonnie has slowed down, for now
CHARLESTON - Tropical Storm Bonnie has not moved much during the past few hours but it is expected to pick up some speed Saturday night.
The National Hurricane Center says the storm, located about 135 miles from Charleston, continues to produce rain across coastal South Carolina making for a wet Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Forecasters detected 40 mph winds in the storm Saturday night, making it the season's second-named tropical storm, four days before the official start of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.
Forecasters say Bonnie will increase to a speed of about 9 mph Saturday night with a gradual weakening on Sunday as the system nears the coast. Bonnie is expected to move onshore south of Charleston sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Savannah River to Little River Inlet South Carolina and forecasters say an isolated tornado or two will be possible late Saturday and early Sunday over the immediate coastal region from central South Carolina through southern North Carolina.