Severe storms and tornadoes possible for South Carolina today
COLUMBIA, SC – A tornado warning has been issued for the entire Midlands of South Carolina, as the region is experiencing severe weather that could bring some risk to the area.
The watch is in effect until 6 p.m. and includes all Midlands counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter.
To be clear, the watch means conditions are right for a tornado to form. A warning will be issued if a tornado is spotted by someone on the ground or is indicated on radar.
Severe thunderstorm warnings have already been issued, and more are expected over the next few hours.
During the day, there will be an increased risk of severe weather as we head into and through the afternoon. The rains have already begun and there is a chance of severe thunderstorms, including heavy rain. Winds are expected to be strong even without thunderstorms.
A wind warning is in effect until 10 p.m. for all of the Midlands and most of South Carolina. Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Strong winds may cause some power outages and tree branches to fly. Driving in such strong winds can be difficult, especially for vehicles with a prominent appearance. Be very careful if you are traveling today.
A cold front will cross the forecast area this afternoon and early this evening as a storm system moves from southwest Missouri this morning into the eastern Great Lakes region. There are still many concerns, the most important of which is the risk of hurricanes and strong to severe thunderstorms.
The Storm Prediction Center is putting most of the Midlands at increased risk of severe weather today. Of the five risk categories used by the Centre, this category is the third highest risk. Localized flooding may be caused by some thunderstorms, but because the storms will move quickly, the risk of flooding appears low.
Warm air will flow north as southerly winds blow. High temperatures today will be in the mid to upper 60s, even with clouds and rain.
The threat of severe weather will exit the Midlands in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Tonight the sky will be partly cloudy, with lows in the mid to upper 30s.
Our weather will improve on Wednesday. It will still be breezy at times. High temperatures will be in the lower 50s.
Storms move into the Midlands. The chance of severe weather begins in the eastern half of the viewing area.
Tuesday, two o’clock in the afternoon
Storms continue to move across the state. The chance for severe weather will shift eastward, along and in front of the storm line.
Tuesday, 3 pm
Storms continue to move across the state. The chance of severe weather will shift along and near I-26 and I-77, ahead of the storm line.
Tuesday, 4 pm
Storms continue to move across the state. The chance of severe weather will shift along and near I-95, ahead of the storm line.
Tuesday, 5 pm
Storms will be near the coast. The chance of severe weather will be outside the Midlands. Our weather will improve this evening and tonight.