On-and-off showers, storms on tap for Memorial Day

Tropical Storm Bonnie had weakened to a tropical depression by the time any rain could reach Raleigh, but the effect was the same Sunday - scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day and a blanket of clouds across the state.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Bonnie had weakened to a tropical depression by the time rain reached Raleigh Sunday, but the slow moving storm will stick around for the next few days, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

Overnight and into Memorial Day temperatures will drop into the upper 60s and rain showers will remain plentiful.

"We are seeing some patches of heavy rain moving through the central part of the state late Sunday," Wilmoth said.

The eastern half of the state could up to 4 inches of rainfall before the end of the holiday weekend, and for those marking the unofficial start of summer along the Carolina coast, the aftereffects of Bonnie bring the danger of rough surf and rip currents.

A swimmer was missing off the coast of Carolina Beach, south of Wilmington. According to the Coast Guard, three people were in the water around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, but only two came out. Witnesses said the current pulled one person away from the shore. The Coast Guard was searching Sunday with a boat, plane and helicopter.

An additional 15 people were rescued from rip currents in North Myrtle Beach, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach.

The likelihood for rain remains high through Monday, and showers, although more widespread, are in the forecast right through the work week, Wilmoth said.

"It will not be raining all day Monday, but as the bands of rain move our way, we will see showers and the potential for scattered thunderstorms," she said.

Highs on Monday will top out in the low 80s.

Bonnie is scheduled to ultimately make landfall near Charleston then hug the coast through Friday morning.

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Nate Johnson, Reporter
Aimee Wilmoth, Reporter
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