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Lake Wind Advisory in effect ahead of a potentially dangerous squall line

A Lake Wind Advisory has been issued for counties in the Midlands today, where winds could gust between 30 and 40 mph.

Early on Thursday, a developing storm system was pushing through the Central Plains and into the Mississippi Valley. This storm is expected to sustain a squall line of potentially dangerous thunderstorms: Those storms remain forecasted to impact the width of the Palmetto State Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.

Ahead of the squall, winds will continue to increase throughout the day Thursday. A Lake Wind Advisory has been issued from Chesterfield and Lancaster counties in the northern Midlands to Aiken and Edgefield counties in the south: This alert remains valid until 1 AM EST Friday. Wind gusts in excess of 40 mph are possible within the advised region, and residents and visitors alike are encouraged to remain indoors and off roads as conditions continue to deteriorate.

Later today as the squall line approaches, interests across the state are urged to remain alert and seek shelter if a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning is issued for their area.