The Latest: Bonnie continues to soak South Carolina

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Posted: May 29, 2016 11:00 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Bonnie hovering along the Carolinas coast (all times local):

11 p.m.

Tropical Depression Bonnie is continuing to soak portions of the Carolinas as it meanders near Charleston, South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Service says the storm is expected to move along the South Carolina coast on Monday and the North Carolina coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forecasters say it will produce an additional 2 to 3 inches of rainfall with up to 6 inches across east-central Georgia, central and eastern South Carolina, and eastern North Carolina.

Rip currents and heavy surf are also possible along the Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina beaches through Monday.

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4:40 p.m.

Tropical Depression Bonnie has stalled after moving inland over South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm is barely moving just northwest of Charleston.

Heavy rain bands continue to swing around the storm, bringing several inches of rain to southern South Carolina and eastern Georgia.

Several roads are flooded, including the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, which have been closed for 10 hours about 20 miles north of the Georgia state line.

The Hurricane Center says Bonnie will move slowly up the coast over the next few days and more flooding is possible.

Rip currents and heavy surf are also possible along the Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina beaches.

A 21-year-old man is still missing after disappearing while swimming off Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

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11:30 a.m.

Tropical Depression Bonnie is making for another bad beach day along the South Carolina coast.

Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Service Operations Manager Mike Wagner says he had hopes when the skies brightened Sunday morning. But he says the downpours have returned.

The National Weather Service estimates 2 to 3 inches of rain have fallen on Hilton Head Island so far this holiday weekend.

Bonnie has moved on shore. The National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm is expected to move slowly along the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina over the next two days.

The main threat is flooding from heavy rains.

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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.

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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.

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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.