Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Parts of Pee Dee
A Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect for parts of the Pee Dee coast as Tropical Depression Claudette closes in on the Palmetto State.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force winds are possible somewhere within the area within the next 48 hours. Wind speeds could be between 39 and 57 mph as Claudette moves closer to the region and likely intensifies back into a Tropical Storm as it approaches the Atlantic.
Residents across the Palmetto State should also prepare for heavy rainfall and isolated flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of the state through Monday morning. Bands of showers and a few thunderstorms will periodically move through the region Father's Day and into the overnight. Rainfall amounts as high as 2 to 3 inches are expected to occur, but locally higher amounts are possible. Rainfall has been above normal for most of June, therefore the additional rainfall could result in a heightened risk of flash flooding.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed coastal portions of the LowCountry and Pee under a Slight Risk (hazard level 2 out of 5) with a Marginal Risk (hazard level 1 out of 5) extending inland, encompassing most of the Midlands and eastern Upstate. While strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible through Sunday the main threat is anticipated to be the heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding. A few tornadoes cannot be ruled out, some of which could be strong.
Residents are recommended to have multiple ways of receiving weather alerts over the next few days. The National Weather Service warns that residents should prepare to protect life and property, especially in areas prone to flooding. If flooding develops, move to higher ground immediately and if driving, be prepared for flooded roadways and possible road closures.