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ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Tropical Storm Bonnie was swirling off the coast of South Carolina Saturday night, disturbing Sunday plans for beachgoers.

According to the National Hurricane Center, 40 mile-per-hour winds and heavy rains from the second named storm of the season were hitting South Carolina and southern North Carolina's coast Saturday night.

The official start of hurricane season does not begin for another four days, but Michael Brennan, a senior hurricane specialist for NHC, said the tropical storm was not expected to intensify.

"The storm's right now moving over the Gulf Stream and that's what's sort of giving it a boost of energy today but it's about to move out of those warmer waters and into the cooler waters that are right off shore off the southeast coast so we're not expecting too much more intensification," he told ABC News on Saturday night.

Bonnie will move ashore and likely make a landfall somewhere between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday morning. Wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible along the coast with 1 to 3 inches of rainfall. Locally higher amounts of rain could fall and produce some flash flooding.

A concern for beachgoers throughout the holiday weekend will be dangerous rip currents all along the Southeastern coast of the U.S.

"There's at least some risk of rip currents all the way from portions of central and north Florida up through the Carolinas," Brennan told ABC News.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- A 3-year-old boy escaped without serious injury after he crawled through a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo and into a gorilla enclosure, where he was picked up by a 400-pound gorilla, the zoo director said.

After the boy crawled through the barrier Saturday, he fell into a moat, where he was picked up and carried around by the gorilla for about 10 minutes, Zoo Director Thane Maynard said.

The boy was rescued and taken to a hospital, Maynard said. Police said the boy's injuries were non-life-threatening, according to ABC affiliate WCPO-TV.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old male gorilla was killed by officials at the zoo, Maynard said, because the boy had been in a "life-threatening situation."

Maynard said putting the gorilla down was a "difficult choice," but, "the right choice was made."

Maynard called it "a sad day" at the zoo, but credited the zoo team with saving the young boy's life.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) -- Authorities in Kansas resumed the search for the body of an 11-year-old boy who was swept away by a fast-moving creek in Wichita on Friday night, hours after flash flooding moved through the area.

The boy, whose name has not been released, fell into an unnamed creek that feeds into the Arkansas River at about 7:30 p.m.

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief John Turner told ABC News that Friday's storm may have doubled the depth of the creek to approximately 10 feet.

Officials spent three hours searching four miles of the creek Friday night but weren't able to find the boy, Turner said.

"We were hoping he was holding onto a limb or tree or something on the bank," Turner said.

The search is continuing Saturday, but is now in recovery mode as officials look for his body.

"At this point our law enforcement has searched all the areas he could be known to be, and nothing has turned up, so we're focusing efforts on the creek," Turner said.

"It's difficult for us," he said. "You can imagine how it is on the family. That's our main focus now, is finding some closure for the family as quickly as we possibly can."

Turner said water speed can be "very deceiving, especially during flash floods." The creek was likely moving between five and eight miles per hour, which is fast enough to "knock a person down," he said.

Turner said that on Saturday "the water is continuing to slow down and rescind, which makes the efforts a little bit easier."

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Investigators were expected on Saturday to lift the wreckage from the World War II-era single-seat fighter plane that crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot.

The Coast Guard said the Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to conduct salvage operations of the aircraft today.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, the Coast Guard added.

The plane, which took off from an airport on Long Island, went into the water around 7:30 p.m., about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge. A distress signal was issued.

The pilot, identified by police as 56-year-old William Gordon of Key West, Florida, died from the crash. His body was subsequently recovered by divers, police said.

 The FAA said that the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The plane had been based at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York, on Long Island, for the past 16 years and was scheduled to participate in the Jones Beach Air Show on Saturday.

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WABC(NEW YORK) -- A 33-year-old New Jersey police officer was almost pinned under a giant tree as he responded to a call of a large branch blocking a road Friday morning.

As Officer Douglas Faber of the Ringwood Police Department tried to remove the enormous branch from the road at around 6:45 a.m., another part of the tree came crashing down, nearly pinning him under it, said Ringwood Police Chief Joseph Walker.

Dashcam video shows Faber running as soon as he hears sounds of the tree cracking, but its top branches strike his legs on the way down, causing him to fall to the ground. A fellow officer is seen coming to his aid.

In the video, it appears as if Faber escaped unscathed, but he sustained a head wound requiring 13 stitches and fractured his wrist, Walker said. He was treated at a local hospital.

Faber has been a Ringwood police officer for seven years, the department told ABC News.

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