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Approaching system to elevate risk for strong storms Tuesday night, Wednesday

A strong storm system is moving through the eastern half of the nation with severe weather impacts likely from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf Coast. Across the Deep South, the Storm Prediction Center has designated an enhanced risk area for severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon. Storms that develop in this area ahead of a cold front Tuesday are likely to be rotating, and capable of producing a tornado. As the evening progresses, the storms are expected to be ongoing, and strong as they move into eastern parts of Tennessee and Georgia and approach South Carolina Tuesday night.


Storms could begin to move into areas of the Upstate before midnight. At that time, storms could still be capable damaging wind gusts over 60 miles per hour and an isolated tornado. After midnight, scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to move into the Midlands, then eventually into the Pee Dee and Lowcountry early Wednesday morning. Storms through the night could be capable of a spin up a tornado, so it will be important to have multiple ways to get weather warnings through the night.


After sunrise Wednesday morning, strong to severe storms are likely to be ongoing across an area of the state near and east of I-95. The Storm Prediction Center has placed this area of South Carolina in the marginal category for severe storms Wednesday. By the late morning Wednesday into early afternoon, the area of ongoing storms could intensify before a strong cold front pushes storms out to sea. The main severe weather threats from Wednesday’s storms for damaging winds over 60 mph. Some hail is also possible. Winds will remain gusty Thursday in the wake of the strong cold front.