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Saturday: No. 7 Unlucky For Soggy Georgia, SC

UPDATED: 2:52 pm EDT July 26, 2003

Scattered heavy thunderstorms are spreading into South Carolina as a tropical depression that formed off the northeast Florida coast Friday afternoon moved northward into the state.

TD7 satelliteTD #7 made landfall between Brunswick and Savannah around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The center of the depression is expected in the central South Caroline sometime around 11:00 p.m .Saturday evening. The storm is expected to move through South Carolina and reach Charlotte around 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Tropical Depression No. 7 was formed unexpectedly by spinning off Tropical Depression No. 6, which had weakened to a tropical wave.

A Flood Watch is posted for seven counties in Georgia, including Chatham and McIntost, and the South Caroline Lowcountry and Grand Strand. Experts do not expect much strengthening, but they say the system is expected to touch off rain and gusty winds along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts as it moves northward.

"Close to the entire state of South Carolina is under a flood watch," said meteorologist Ron Steve of the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., which monitors the Grand Strand.

Standing water was already in the streets of Savannah and some homes on Thursday after heavy rains.

At 5 a.m. Saturaday Tropical Depression 7 was located at 31.9 north and 81.5 west, or a few miles due west of Savannah, and continued to move north northwest at 9 mph. That was the last update from the National Hurricane Center, as the sysem was losing strength and becoming sub-tropical.

The biggest issue appears to be rain, not winds," said Paul Whitten, Horry County public safety director.

In Georgetown County, emergency officials also were planning to monitor the storm for needed action, said Jim Grant with the emergency preparedness division.

The depression will mean about 2 inches of rain Saturday in most parts of the South Carolina, and as much as 4 inches in some locations.

The rainfall could produce ponding on roads and localized flooding, the weather service said.

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