For the second time in a month, a hurricane is going to pass by South Carolina in the Atlantic and generate only yawns and some high waves.
The third named tropical system of the season grew to Hurricane Cristobal early Tuesday near the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center expects the poorly organized system will strengthen slightly as it curves into the open Atlantic Tuesday and Wednesday well east of North America.
Though the center of the storm will remain hundreds of miles away from South Carolina, it began pumping big waves onto the state’s beaches on Monday. The waves at Folly Beach were in the five-foot range Tuesday, and they were expected to stay in that range Wednesday. Waves of that size usually are accompanied by dangerous rip currents, making swimming perilous.
Three weeks ago, Hurricane Bertha came much closer to South Carolina, lashing buoys 20 miles offshore with tropical storm-force winds, before making landfall in North Carolina. Large waves and some beach erosion is expected to be the major impact from both Bertha and Cristobal.