Grand Strand is under a tropical storm warning

In the 5 p.m. advisory Thursday on Hurricane Irene, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the South Carolina coast from Edisto Beach in the Lowcountry to Little River Inlet in Horry County.

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions, including sustained winds above 39 miles per hour are expected within the next 36 hours.

NewsChannel 15 Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski says though this tropical storm warning does not change our actual forecast. You can read more about what he expects from Irene on his tropical blog.