The Latest: Storm reaches South Carolina coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Bonnie that is drenching parts of the eastern U.S. coast (all times local):

10 a.m.

Heavy rains from Tropical Depression Bonnie have closed parts of one of the busiest highways along the East Coast.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol closed the southbound lanes on Interstate 95 in Jasper County about 20 miles north of the Georgia state line Sunday morning.

Troopers say water is covering the road and they don’t know when the highway will reopen.

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of rain fell in the area overnight.

Bonnie was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday morning and made landfall on the Isle of Palms just north of Charleston, South Carolina.

9:30 a.m.

High winds and heavy rain are pounding parts of South Carolina and Georgia as Tropical Depression Bonnie interrupts the Memorial Day weekend for some.

Lifeguards at busy beaches warned swimmers about heavy surf and dangerous rip currents churned up by the wind that can pull them out to deeper water. Some beaches banned swimming altogether because of the danger.

Rescue crews in Carolina Beach south of Wilmington, North Carolina, are looking for a 21-year-old man who disappeared in the waves around 7:30 p.m. Saturday while swimming with two friends who made it back to shore safely.

Tropical Depression Bonnie has reached the South Carolina coast, bringing heavy rain and rough tides to an area packed with tourists for the Memorial Day weekend.

The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm made landfall just east of Charleston, South Carolina, on the Isle of Palms around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Forecasters say up to 8 inches of rain have fallen in parts of southern South Carolina. A flash flood warning was issued for Jasper County, where highway workers reported water to part of Interstate 95. About 3 inches of rain fell in Charleston in 24 hours and more is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood warning was also issued for portions of Charleston, Dorchester, Beaufort and Berkeley counties.

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