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The Latest: I-95 in South Carolina reopens as Bonnie weakens


Created: 05/30/2016 7:24 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Bonnie (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

Highway officials have reopened the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in southern South Carolina.

Part of the busy highway was closed for about 16 hours starting early Sunday as Tropical Depression Bonnie dropped about 8 inches of rain near Ridgeville, leaving several feet of water on the road.

State troopers say the stretch of southbound I-95 about 20 miles north of the Georgia state line reopened around 1 a.m. Monday.

Bonnie has also caused strong surf and rip currents. Rescuers in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, plan to continue Monday to look for 21-year-old James Cameron of Graham, North Carolina, who disappeared while swimming in the ocean Saturday evening. Two people with him made it back safely to shore.

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5:40 a.m.

Tropical Depression Bonnie is expected to bring more heavy rainfall to the Carolinas as it moves along the coastline, making for a wet Memorial Day holiday.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 30 mph with little change in strength forecast.

The National Hurricane Center says the system's center made landfall just east of Charleston, South Carolina, on the Isle of Palms around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. By the afternoon, forecasters said it had stalled just northwest of Charleston, with heavy rains wrapping around north and west of the storm's center.

Around 5 a.m. Monday, Bonnie was centered about 30 miles east-northeast of Charleston and moving northeast near 3 mph. Bonnie is expected to move near or along the coast of the Carolinas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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