2nd line of storms rolling through Carolinas

Update 10:27 p.m.: The tornado watch for Lee County has been canceled as the last of the storms moved out of the county.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat, resulting in multiple school closings, and many schools in SC dismissed classes early.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for some counties in the Midlands.

There was also quarter-sized hail in Kentucky. Have numerous ways to receive severe weather advisories, watch and warning information, and be ready to take protective action quickly once weather conditions start to deteriorate.

A tornado warning is active in north Chambers County.

The Lee County EMA warned on its Facebook page the storms could intensify in to something unsafe "very quickly".

Right now the timing of the strongest weather will be from about 7-11 p.m.in central OH but the overall timeframe for the entire area will be about 6 p.m. - midnight.

According to a report from the National Weather Service a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Bucksport which is approximately eight miles from Socastee.

"A few tornadoes likely with a couple intense tornadoes possible", the weather service said.

A complex system will bring the chance of severe storms to the area late tonight through about noon on Thursday. This round promises to be stronger than rain that fell throughout the region on Monday - when a tornado was confirmed west of Laurens.

Augusta National also closed Monday because of heavy rains.

As this low pressure system moves into the Ohio Valley, a warm front lifts through in the morning hours Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts widespread thunderstorms across much of Alabama and Georgia and into the Florida Panhandle and southwestern SC.

The watch is scheduled to last through 8 p.m. In the case of a severe weather event, they suggested for the community to follow forecasts, distinguish a safe place in households to seek shelter from storms and communicate the plan with friends or family members.

Tornadoes, hail, flash floods and high winds caused damage from the Deep South to the Midwest on Wednesday. And the National Weather Service says there's likely more bad weather to come, including powerful tornadoes.

Three rounds of storms are expected through today, including round one which could include large, baseball-sized hail and damaging winds.

Mayor Terrence Cullbreath said a possible tornado struck there at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and damaged about a dozen buildings.

A third wave of storms was expected to hit the area later in the evening.

At least two injuries have been reported from the storms, but fortunately no deaths.

Flooding is being reported across Columbia as heavy rain has been falling across the city for several hours. However, the Lee County EMA said the event is "far from over".

High winds from the storm downed power lines and trees along roads and beside an interstate, Stewart County Sheriff Office dispatcher Sandra James said by phone.

  • Larry Hoffman