FIRST ALERT- Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of the Midlands

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Published: May. 2, 2022 at 6:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 12:03 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the Midlands this afternoon.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

  • Calhoun, SC
  • Clarendon, SC
  • Lee, SC
  • Orangeburg, SC
  • Richland, SC
  • Sumter, SC

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Lee County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Calhoun County in central South Carolina... Clarendon County in central South Carolina... Sumter County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Orangeburg County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Richland County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 556 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Summerton, or 14 miles west of Manning, moving northeast at 70 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to trees and powerlines. * Locations impacted include... Sumter, Manning, South Sumter, Shaw Air Base, Holly Hill, Summerton, Eastover, Elloree, Santee State Park, Mulberry, Alcolu, Woods Bay State Park, Santee Cooper Regional Airport, Elliott, Sumter County Airport, Millwood, Poinsett State Park, Oakland, Santee and Turbeville. This includes Interstate 95 between mile markers 89 and 146. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

  • Chesterfield, SC
  • Kershaw, SC
  • Lancaster, SC

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Lancaster County in central South Carolina... Northwestern Chesterfield County in central South Carolina... Northeastern Kershaw County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 558 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Kershaw, or 15 miles southeast of Lancaster, moving northeast at 45 mph. HAZARD...Ping pong ball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. Expect wind damage to trees and powerlines. * Locations impacted include... Pageland, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Heath Springs, Westville, Mt Pisgah, Jefferson, Ruby, Mount Croghan, Chesterfield Ruby Middle School, High Point Fire Station, Forty Acre Rock Preserve, Taxahaw, Pleasant Hill, Kershaw Correctional Institution, Chesterfield Detention Center and Central High School. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.50 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

  • Fairfield, SC
  • Kershaw, SC
  • Lexington, SC
  • Newberry, SC
  • Richland, SC

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Central Fairfield County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Newberry County in central South Carolina... North central Lexington County in central South Carolina... Northwestern Richland County in central South Carolina... West central Kershaw County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 559 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles northeast of Prosperity to near Longtown, moving northeast at 45 mph. HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. * Locations impacted include... Winnsboro, VC Summer Nuclear Station, Prosperity, Fairfield County Airport, Jenkinsville, Killian, Lake Carolina, Monticello, Longtown, Blair, Blythewood, Chapin, Ridgeway, Little Mountain, Pomaria, Peak, Lebanon Fire Station, US-176 and SC- 34 Crossroads, White Rock and Rion. This includes the following highways... Interstate 26 between mile markers 77 and 98. Interstate 77 between mile markers 22 and 41. THUNDERSTORM DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.25 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...70 MPH

  • Kershaw, SC
  • Lee, SC

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Northwestern Lee County in central South Carolina... East central Kershaw County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 553 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Bishopville, moving northeast at 50 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to trees and powerlines. * Locations impacted include... Bishopville, Lucknow and Ashland. This includes Interstate 20 in South Carolina between mile markers 114 and 116. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

Watches

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

  • Aiken, SC
  • Allendale, SC
  • Bamberg, SC
  • Barnwell, SC
  • Beaufort, SC
  • Berkeley, SC
  • Calhoun, SC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Chesterfield, SC
  • Clarendon, SC
  • Colleton, SC
  • Darlington, SC
  • Dorchester, SC
  • Edgefield, SC
  • Fairfield, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Georgetown, SC
  • Hampton, SC
  • Jasper, SC
  • Kershaw, SC
  • Lee, SC
  • Lexington, SC
  • Marlboro, SC
  • McCormick, SC
  • Newberry, SC
  • Orangeburg, SC
  • Richland, SC
  • Saluda, SC
  • Sumter, SC
  • Williamsburg, SC

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 188 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS SC . SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE AIKEN ALLENDALE BAMBERG BARNWELL BEAUFORT BERKELEY CALHOUN CHARLESTON CHESTERFIELD CLARENDON COLLETON DARLINGTON DORCHESTER EDGEFIELD FAIRFIELD FLORENCE GEORGETOWN HAMPTON JASPER KERSHAW LEE LEXINGTON MARLBORO MCCORMICK NEWBERRY ORANGEBURG RICHLAND SALUDA SUMTER WILLIAMSBURG

A quiet start this morning with mostly cloudy skies and 60s. A round of rain and storms this afternoon/evening is expected between 3PM-8PM. An Alert Day has been posted.

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First Alert Headlines:

  • First Alert for this afternoon/evening as a line of downpours and storms moves through 3PM-8PM
  • Highs are in the upper 80s this afternoon and it’s still on the muggy side with a breezy southwest wind
  • Sunshine and clouds for Saturday with 20% chance of a few showers. Highs are in the mid 70s
  • Mother’s Day we’ll see partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 70s. Humidity is much lower
  • Monday is beautiful with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s.
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First Alert Summary:

A quiet start this morning with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Clouds will stick around and winds will increase as the morning goes on. A line of downpours and storms will move through from West to East (3PM-8PM).

Some storms have potential to become strong to severe with gusty winds, heavy rain, lightning and small hail. We could see between .25″-1.00″ of rain. Highs on Friday will be in the mid to upper 80s and it will be muggy. An Alert Day has been posted.

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Other than a few spotty showers Saturday (20%) we’re looking at sunshine and clouds with cooler and drier conditions with lower humidity. Highs on Saturday will be in the mid 70s.

Mother’s Day looks awesome with sunshine and clouds but it will be much cooler with highs in the low 70s.

We’ll start next weekend dry with sunshine and clouds and 70s (Mon-Wed) but humidity and storms return to the forecast Thursday and Friday.

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First Alert Forecast:

First Alert Today: Showers, downpours and storms (80%). Some storms could be strong to severe. Highs in the upper 80s

Tonight: Evening showers and storms. Drier skies overnight but still breezy with 60s

Saturday: A few showers (20%). Sunshine and clouds for the afternoon with highs in the mid 70s

Sunday: Even cooler with highs in the low 70s. Drier air moves in with a few clouds

Monday: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s

Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s

Wednesday: Sunshine with a few passing clouds. Highs around 80

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