Update: Tropical Storm Bonnie Brings Heavy Flooding To The Coast

May 28, 2016

A tropical storm off the Southeastern coast caused flooding in several Savannah streets Memorial Day weekend.

 

The National Weather Service is encouraging residents to remain well guarded against flood areas and seek alternate routes. Officials say never attempt to drive through standing water.

 

Tropical Storm Bonnie prompted a warning along the South Carolina coast, including Jasper and Beaufort counties. The system was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday. A flash flood warning was in effect for parts of Chatham County until 12:45 p.m.

 

Forecasters cautioned citizens that winds up to 45 mph caused by the storm, could lead to downed tree limbs and power outages. Heavy wind could damage structures like porches, mobile homes and awnings.

 

Tybee Island officials implemented a colored flag system to help beachgoers avoid dangerous rip currents in the water. Lifeguards warn swimmers caught in a riptide not to fight it, but to swim parallel to shore until free of the current.