Tornadoes, three inches of rain possible in Lowcountry

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

People will see an elevated risk of a tornado Thursday as a cold front sweeps through the Lowcountry and spawns showers and thunderstorms, according to updated predictions from the National Weather Service.

The Storm Prediction Center, a Weather Service facility in Oklahoma that predicts the potential for severe weather, released a map Thursday that showed a 10 percent chance of a tornado for the northern coastal areas of South Carolina.

Charleston was in the southern portion of the area of heightened risk. The rest of the Lowcountry, the Midlands and part of the Upstate will see a 2 percent to 5 percent chance of a twister.

Offshore, waterspouts also are possible.

Some areas also could get nearly 3 inches in the system.

Forecasters expected the weather to deteriorate in the Charleston area after 11 a.m. Thursday. Showers are likely, and storms are possible.

They’ll bring between 1 and 2 inches of rain.

Meteorologists at the Weather Service station in North Charleston said the chance of rainfall will be 100 percent Thursday night. The threat will linger until 2 a.m. Friday.

Another half inch to three quarters of an inch will be possible overnight.

Here’s the complete forecast:

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 81. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday night: Showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m., then scattered showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 58. South wind 11 to 18 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 13 to 16 mph.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind around 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.



Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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