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Hurricane watch now stretches to South Carolina coast

Parts of South Carolina are now under a hurricane watch issued by the National Hurricane Center on Monday.

The watch extends from Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida to the South Santee River in Charleston County, South Carolina.

Charleston County is also under a storm surge watch, the hurricane center said in its 5 p.m.  forecast update.

The 5 p.m. federal forecast shows Hurricane Dorian reaching the Grand Strand by Thursday, however local emergency officials say winds and rough surf will arrive along the shores by Wednesday.

Weather watches or warnings have yet to be issued for the Grand Strand area.

The eye of the hurricane is still forecast to remain offshore as it passes the Carolinas.

As Dorian begins to sweep along the South Carolina coastline, she’ll be a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and gusts up to 130 mph.

These forecast models can continue to  fluctuate as the hurricane makes the northern turn by tomorrow, so stay tuned to weather forecasts.