The National Hurricane Center has placed Georgetown and most other eastern South Carolina counties under a tropical storm watch.

This means tropical storm conditions are possible within the next two days due to Hurricane Irene — still expected to pass well to the east of the area.

At 11 a.m., Irene was located at near latitude 25.9 north, longitude 76.8 west.

 Irene is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph. This motion is expected to continue through tonight with a turn toward the north by early Friday.  

On the forecast track the core of the hurricane will continue to move over the northwestern Bahamas

today and pass well offshore of the East Coast of central and North Florida tonight and early Friday.  

The hurricane is forecast to approach the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.

The National Weather Service says most of the impacts from Irene will be Friday night into Saturday. Bands of heavy rain expected along with winds “in the 30-40 mph range.”