Severe weather passes through SC, thunderstorm alerts issued

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A severe weather system is expected to pass through the state Saturday evening, and the National Weather Service has issued thunderstorm watches and warnings for several counties across the Midlands.

The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Aiken County around 4:30pm Saturday, but the advisory expired at 5:15pm. A flash flood warning was also issued for Aiken County until 5:45pm.

Warnings were also issued for Barnwell and Bamberg counties at 5:00pm Saturday, scheduled to be in effect until 6:15pm. Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing golf ball size hail and destructive winds in excess of 70 mph. The storm was located near Blackville around 5:00pm, and was moving southeast at 20 mph.

Severe thunderstorm watches were also issued for Richland, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Newberry, Fairfield, Calhoun, Clarendon and Saluda counties, in addition to several other counties outside the Midlands. The warning is scheduled to be in effect until 10:00pm Saturday.

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