COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The sustained winds from Sally are weakening as the storm moves over land, but it’s still forecast to impact the Midlands with periods of heavy rain.
Heavy rain could lead to flash flooding this afternoon and evening. Along with the rain comes the potential for severe weather today.
Any storm that develops has the risk of gusty winds, lightning and producing an isolated tornado.
- Sally is now a tropical depression
- Winds from Sally will continue to weaken over land, but we will still see periods of heavy rain and gusty winds today and Friday.
- Alert Days are posted today and Friday AM. Periods of heavy rain, storms and flooding are the main concerns
- Most areas here in our viewing area will see wind gusts to 30 MPH and 2″-4″ of rain
We’re keeping a close eye on Sally, which made landfall as a category 2 storm early Wednesday morning around Gulf Shores, AL. The system is now a tropical depression as it continues to push inland toward South Carolina.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, Sally had sustained winds at 30 mph and was moving northeast at 12 mph. The pressure was at 1000 mb.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Midlands through Friday AM for the potential of heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding. The rain will be the heaviest late this morning through the evening.
Rain accumulation will be 2″-4″ for most of our viewing area. There may be a few isolated higher amounts up to 6″, especially the Northern and Western Midlands.
We’re also tracking the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms, especially this afternoon. Isolated tornadoes are possible with any land falling tropical system.
We’re also keeping an eye on more activity in the Atlantic Basin.
Teddy continues to also move over the Atlantic Ocean with no threat to land at this time. As of 5 AM Thursday sustained winds were 105 MPH and forecast to become a major CAT 3 Hurricane by Friday with winds of 120 MPH.
Vicky is no threat to land at this time and will continue to weaken.
A wave off of the west coast of Africa has a 60% chance of development in the next five days.
Another wave in the Gulf of Mexico has a 90% chance of development in the next five days.
The next name on the 2020 Atlantic Storm List is Wilfred which is the last name before we go onto the Greek alphabet starting with Alpha.
Stay with your WIS First Alert Weather Team for further updates.