Citizens' Academy Teaches Public How State, Local Governments Respond to Emergencies

May 14, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Tut Underwood
Historic 2015 flood

The past few years of historic floods and hurricanes has amply demonstrated how subject South Carolina can be to severe weather emergencies. To help the public better understand how the state reacts to and deals with these situations, the S.C. Emergency Management Division...

NHC: Low Chance of Tropical Development in Atlantic This Weekend

May 1, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

Hurricane season is still a month away, but we're already watching a disturbance in the Atlantic. In a special preseason tropical weather outlook from the National Hurricane Center issued Wednesday, forecasters said a cluster of thunderstorms near The Bahamas had a “low...

Extensive Wind Damage Likely in Parts of South Carolina Today

April 19, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne

Update at 4:00 PM: Tornado Watches continue for most of the state, but the watch has been canceled for parts of the Low Country (including Charleston, Beaufort, Walterboro, and Hilton Head). Thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts will move through the Grand Strand area...

Tornado Watch Issued for Midlands and Upstate Regions

April 14, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne

UPDATE 1 PM SUNDAY: A Tornado Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for the Midlands and Upstate regions of South Carolina until 7 pm. The watch includes the cities of Columbia, Greenville, and Anderson, SC. A band of showers and thunderstorms that produced...

Severe T-Storm Watch for Most of South Carolina Until 10 pm Monday

April 8, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Cyndee O'Quinn

UPDATE 3 PM MONDAY A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for most of central and northern parts of South Carolina until 10 pm. At 3 pm, a line of strong thunderstorms was seen organizing on radar from just east of Anderson, SC to about 30 miles west of Augusta, GA...

The Hurricane Forecast Meteorologists Don't Want You to See

April 8, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

Fewer hurricanes are expected this year than the last two seasons, according to renowned researcher Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. However, both of those seasons far outperformed expectations. Even Phil doesn't have much confidence in his forecast this...

Heavy Rain, Strong Winds Likely Tuesday from Coastal Storm

April 1, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne

A coastal storm is forecast to form late tonight near the Northeast Florida coast and intensify as it hugs the South Carolina coast Tuesday morning. The impacts from the storm will be felt across most of the state, ranging from heavy rain and gusty winds over the Midlands,...

Rain Chances Return Next Four Days

February 26, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

The sun was in rare form Monday across South Carolina. It was out the entire day! Much of the state has experienced a prolong period of gloomy skies since the middle of the month. Columbia, for example, hadn't had a day with more than 50 percent sunshine since February 14th...

Growing Risk of Flash Flooding in Upstate South Carolina This Week

February 17, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Cyndee O'Quinn

Keep the umbrellas, rain jackets and galoshes handy. The extended forecast in upstate South Carolina is for rain, more rain. And then, more rain. So much water may fall that flash flooding will be a concern, forecasters at the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg...

El Niño is Here and it's Already Affecting South Carolina

February 15, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

Scientists at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center have officially declared an El Niño. It is a natural warming over the water in the eastern and/or Central Pacific Ocean that occurs every 2 to 7 years. The El Niño is expected to be weak and forecasters at the government agency...

Flash Flood and Severe Weather Risk in Eastern South Carolina Friday

December 14, 2018 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

Yet another strong storm system is approaching the Palmetto State. On a weekend, of course. But this one will bring all rain. And a lot of it. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Pee Dee region of South Carolina through Saturday afternoon, where two to four inches...

Season's First Winter Storm Arrives Sunday

December 8, 2018 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

The season's first winter storm is poised to move into portions of upstate South Carolina Sunday, where several inches of snow and sleet are expected. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through midday Monday for areas along and west of the I-85 corridor from Anderson to...

Tropical Storm Michael Moving Away Quickly

October 11, 2018 - Posted in Weather by Jeff Huffman

Flash flooding and tornadoes are the remaining risks from Tropical Storm Michael as it exits the Palmetto State Thursday afternoon. The heaviest rain is likely to fall in northern sections of the midlands and upstate regions, whereas the tornado risk is greatest in the...

S.C. Remains in a State of Emergency for Affects from Hurricane Florence, Potential Impact from Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018 - Posted in Weather by Kaitlyn Park
Current Path of Hurricane Michael

Governor Henry McMaster today announced that the state of South Carolina remains in a state of emergency due to continued flooding from Hurricane Florence and potential impact from Hurricane Michael. Forecasters believe Hurricane Michael will weaken to a tropical storm...

FEMA Staging at Spartanburg Downtown Airport

October 1, 2018 - Posted in Weather by William Richardson
A line of ambulances

Prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall on the Carolina coasts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) determined that Spartanburg, South Carolina was in an ideal location to pre-stage its assets to move in for post storm emergencies. The Spartanburg...