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FIRST ALERT: Tornado watch for the Midlands expires; storms create damage in the Upstate

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The National Weather Service has allowed the tornado watch for much of the Midlands to expire. 

Storms related to this system that prompted the tornado watch caused lots of damage, power outages, flooding and more in the Upstate and western North Carolina

RELATED: Stay ahead of the storm with the WIS First Alert Weather App!

Light rain showers will fall through the course of the morning, which could lead to localized flooding later in the day when the larger storms begin to fire off.

One inch to an inch and a half of rain is expected in most areas but higher amounts are possible under the slowest moving storms. Lightning is expected in the stronger thunderstorms.

Here's what you need to know about warnings and watches: 

  • Watches mean severe weather is possible - just be weather aware.
  • Warnings mean severe weather is happening and you need to go to a safe place.
  • In a tornado warning, it's a small room, lowest floor, near the center, and away from windows.

Tips if a warning is in your area: 

  • Move away from open doors and windows and move into an interior hallway or room.
  • Do not use electrical equipment.
  • Do not use elevators. Go to the lowest level of the building away from windows. Take shelter.
  • Sit on the floor and put your head in your lap. Cover head with arms.
  • Remain in place of shelter until you are notified that the hazard has passed.
  • If the building is damaged severely, evacuate the damaged building as soon as possible after the storm is over.

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