Severe storms roll through the Midlands tonight
A line of severe thunderstorms moving through South Carolina's Upstate will maintain strength and push into the Midlands between 8:30 p.m. and midnight.
These storms will produce frequent lightning, periods of heavy rain as well as potentially damaging hail and winds. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg have already issued several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings connected to these storms.
The National Weather Service in Columbia issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Newberry County as well due to the threat of winds over 60 mph and three-quarter inch size hail.
The line of storms will first move into the northwestern Midlands, specifically Newberry, Saluda and Fairfield counties, and are expected to continue southeastward toward the central Midlands. Wednesday's very hot and humid weather should provide more than enough fuel for storms to remain strong as they move southeastward.
The storms have a history of producing wind damage and should be taken seriously by residents in impacted areas.
"Wind appears to be the most serious component of these storms," says WACH Fox Meteorologist Justin Kier. "The NWS warned residents in the Upstate of winds over 70 miles per hour and these storms have caused damage in those areas."
Residents planning outdoor activities tonight should be mindful of lightning related hazards as well.
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