Severe weather possible Tuesday

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The atmospheric setup provided by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee and a surface front may generate severe storms capable of producing tornadoes for the Midlands Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for most of the Midlands until 8 p.m. However, the Tornado Watch was later canceled. A Watch remains for the Pee Dee and Grand Strand through the evening.

A survey team with the NWS confirmed a tornado touchdown in seven miles northeast of Newberry Monday at 5:10pm. The tornado generated winds between 65-75 miles per hour. A picture of the storm is provided.

The SkyWACH Weather Team is forecasting the opportunity for severe thunderstorms across the area between daybreak and late Tuesday afternoon, some being severe.

The threat for flooding has decreased in the Midlands, but heavy rain showers are still possible through Tuesday. Heavy storms could produce more than an inch of rain. Those living in low-lying areas should be aware of possible flood situations.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Midlands rivers in anticipation of potential flood conditions for local rivers.

Previously issued Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches issued by the NWS were cancelled Monday evening after conditions improved.

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Damage reports came in from across the Midlands. Storms downed trees in Fairfield, Newberry, Lexington and Aiken Counties. A tornado warning was issued for Newberry and Fairfield Counties after a tornado was indicated by doppler radar.

Lee's leftovers have already spawned tornadoes outside of the Atlanta metro area Monday. As the disturbed weather moves closer to South Carolina, the chances for extra atmospheric shear and spin increase. This may cause tornadic activity. Tornadoes are the most impactful during the overnight as many storm victims sleep through warnings.

Lee dumped a lot of rain on the Gulf Cost states and other parts of the Southeast over the weekend. Most Midlands residents saw the impacts Sunday as clouds spread into the area. Lee was downgraded to a Tropical Depression late Sunday evening thanks to land interaction.

Impacts will weaken Wednesday through Thursday, but the close proximity of a stalled front will leave the door open for thunderstorms later this week.

Travel delays are expected across the southeast due to this system.

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