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Strong Storms Possible in the Lowcountry Tuesday Afternoon and Evening

By Jeff Huffman

Tornado WatchUpdate Tuesday 2:30 PM ET: A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service until 9:00 PM EST. The watch includes the following counties in South Carolina: Allendale, Charleston, Hapton, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, Berkeley, and Dorchester. Update Tuesday 2 pm ET: Forecasters at the National Weather Service have upgraded the risk area to “slight” (or level two out of five) for areas of the Lowcountry including the cities of Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland, and Allendale. The most likely arrival time of any strong storms to the Lowcountry would be between 4 and 8 pm...

Record Warmth Likely in South Carolina This Weekend

By Jeff Huffman

record heatThe second weekend of spring will feel more like the start of summer across the Palmetto State, and numerous record highs are even likely to be broken. A sprawling dome of high pressure is forecast to build across the Southeast in the coming days, which will promote sinking air and abnormally warm temperatures for this time of year. Southwesterly winds near the ground will also allow warm, dry continental air to move into the Midlands and Upstate regions, which will allow the warmth to spread farther inland. The table below lists the forecast high temperatures compared to the records of each...

Low Risk of Wind Damage From Approaching Front Saturday Night

By Jeff Huffman

8f83a649-ffb3-46e5-abaa-f68fbd2a8d39A powerful storm is expected to move through the Central U.S. Saturday, sending a squall line of destructive storms through the Mid-South and dumping heavy snow on the Upper Midwest. The system is likely to weaken considerably before reaching South Carolina, but it still might be capable of producing a few severe thunderstorms upon its arrival late Saturday night. A few showers or thunderstorms might develop across portions of the Palmetto State as early as the afternoon hours Saturday, but it likely won’t be until after sunset that the strongest storms first arrive in the Upstate region. The...

Significant Flash Flood Risk Today and Tonight

By Jeff Huffman

map of south carolina showing flood zonesUpdate as of 10:30 AM Monday: Heavy rain has overspread much of the Palmetto State and it’s expected to last into early Tuesday morning resulting in a significant risk for flash flooding. The National Weather Service has continued Flash Flood Watches for the Midlands, Pee Dee, Grand Strand, and Lowcountry. Radar data and rain gauges throughout the state have recorded between 1 and 3 inches of rain since the storm began earlier Sunday. Parts of the Midlands and Lowcountry have received upwards of 4 inches. An additional 3 to 5 inches of rain along and east of Interstate 95 are expected before...

Tropical Storm Humberto is No Longer a Threat to South Carolina

By Jeff Huffman

map of earth with tropical storms in the atlantic oceanThe season’s eighth named tropical storm was classified by the National Hurricane Center late Friday night, but it is no longer a direct threat to South Carolina. Hurricane hunters then found that the tropical storm had strengthened Saturday morning, and it now has winds up to 50 mph. Strong upper-level winds from the southwest were limiting the tropical storm’s ability to become better organized. However, those winds are expected to weaken Sunday when forecasters say Tropical Storm Humberto will be poised for intensification. Tropical Storm Humberto did not have a well-defined center of...

Tropical Depression Nine Forms; Likely to Stay Offshore

By Jeff Huffman

forecast map of tropical stormUpdate Friday 5 pm: The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Nine has formed, located 240 miles east-southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. A center of circulation was noted on the eastern side of a broad area of low pressure, based on satellite and hurricane hunter data. The more eastward placement of that center prompted forecasters to make a significant adjustment to the forecast track for the soon-to-be tropical storm, which is now more than 100 miles from the coast of South Carolina early next week. The developing tropical storm near the Bahamas is likely to stay...

85% of All Hurricane Activity Occurs After This Date

By Jeff Huffman

4faa6fcb-d063-4014-aee5-70a4b9a7e109More than 85 percent of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin occurs after the middle of August. Some consider Aug. 15 as the “real” start to hurricane season. To others, like former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, it’s synonymous with the start of football season. It may not be scientific, but until College Football starts, that's the start of the peak Atlantic Hurricane Season for me. @GatorsFB versus @CanesFootball August 24th #GoGators https://t.co/VcpoDSsQyt — Craig (@WCraigFugate) August 8, 2019 Craig was Florida’s director of emergency management during the infamous 2004 season...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for All of South Carolina Saturday

By Jeff Huffman

199544de-2d94-48eb-9aef-00cf8ddbb33dClusters of thunderstorms are expected to rapidly develop across the Palmetto State Saturday afternoon, posing a risk of wind damage and hail. In a midday update from the Storm Prediction Center Saturday, forecasters upgraded areas of the Midlands and Upstate regions to an “enhanced” risk (level 3 out of 5) for wind damage. The risk of severe weather, in particular wind damage, appears to be increasing again today across portions of #SouthCarolina . A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is expected soon from the National Weather Service. #SCETVwx pic.twitter.com/FOE5cVElhQ — SCETV (@SCETV) June 22,...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for All of South Carolina Until 10 pm

By Jeff Huffman

5af75034-5316-4586-8d5b-e3cffa95f9b9Update 5:15 pm Thursday: Severe storms are moving out of the Columbia metro area. However, they continue near North Augusta and are approaching Sumter. Additional storms are approaching Interstate 95 from the Florence area southward toward Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, frequent lightning, and torrential rain are likely. Storms will approach the Grand Strand (in Georgetown and Horry counties) between now and 6:30 PM. Update 4:15 pm Thursday: Radar is showing the potential for damaging thunderstorm winds near Lake Murray, Lexington, and Irmo. These storms...

State of the Season: Quiet Now, Uncertainty Looms Later

By Jeff Huffman

fdc0b303-3d8f-41e8-be9a-0c307f3797caThe Tropical Atlantic Ocean is quiet, which is typical for mid-June. However, uncertainty looms on how busy the season may become by August. Please note: Meteorologists from the South Carolina Emergency Information Network will publish an update on the state of the hurricane season around the 1st and 15th of each month. This will include scientific explanations on current oceanic and atmospheric conditions, and how they may play a role in the forecast for tropical cyclone activity over the subsequent two weeks. These stories are not meant to replace any forecasts for ongoing tropical activity...

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