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First Alert Weather: Tropical Storm Bonnie Weakens as It Moves Up Coast

Tropical Storm Bonnie, which brought torrential rain to Georgia and the Carolinas overnight Saturday into Sunday and is moving toward our region, weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday.

A tropical storm that poured rain along the East Coast in the South weakened Sunday morning to a tropical depression as it traveled north.

The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory at 8 a.m. Sunday that Tropical Storm Bonnie weakened to a depression near the coast of the Carolinas.

The storm was expected to make landfall Sunday morning. The National Hurricane Center advisory said much of the Carolinas and coastal Georgia continued to see heavy rain Sunday morning, even as the storm weakened.

All tropical storm warnings and coastal watches and warnings issued in connection with Tropical Depression Bonnie were discontinued.

Bonnie continued to move north at about 9 mph with maximum sustained winds at 35 mph.

The storm could bring rip currents to the Jersey Shore as it moves north. A National Weather Service statement issued early Sunday warned ocean swimmers to stay within sight of lifeguards on New Jersey beaches.

The tropical depression is expected to bring bouts of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms to the Delaware Valley and Jersey Shore in time for Memorial Day.

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