Severe weather threat leads to early school dismissals

Several different rounds of severe storms are likely from the late afternoon and evening through daybreak Thursday.

A strong weather system causing thunderstorms and possible tornadoes is moving through the U.S. Mid-Atlantic on Thursday.

Hail as large as baseballs and golf balls was reported in portions of central and eastern Oklahoma on Tuesday.

A tornado watch remains in effect for many counties around the tri-state junction and interior south Georgia until 8:00 tonight.

A system of storms will affect Alabama, Georgia and SC before moving into the OH and Tennessee valleys, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

"We have a warm, moist unstable air mass in place and individual storms developing out in front of a line of storms", Barry said. No flights arriving in Charlotte until 1 p.m. A watch indicates that conditions are favorable for severe weather and is expected, but it is not an immediate threat.

A severe thunderstorm was moving northwest into Macon County from Elmore County at 45 miles per hour. Lows will be in the lower 50s with southwest winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour and gusts of up to 25 miles per hour possible.

The National Weather Service, Charleston has issued a hazardous weather outlook this morning.

All modes of severe weather are possible today including tornadoes, large hail, strong winds and even minor flooding.

Beginning at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, storms are expected to sweep through central North Carolina. Damaging winds, hail and heavy rain were still in the forecast after a day during which the Midlands took a beating from severe thunderstorms that at times packed the potential for tornadoes.

Lexington County crews removed seven downed trees that were blocking roadways Monday afternoon, county spokesman Harrison Cahill said.

"The moisture, shear, lift and atmospheric instability are the four things that tornadoes need to develop and we will have an abundance of all four", the Lee County EMA said in the post.

  • Larry Hoffman