Tornado warning issued for Orangeburg, Calhoun counties

Tornado warning issued for Orangeburg, Calhoun counties”

The weather service is asking residents to take cover now and avoid windows.

The South Carolina counties included in the tornado watch are: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York.

McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina are also under the watch.A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. A watch is not a warning of any imminent severe weather. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. These include Avery, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Wilkes and Watauga Counties.

Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado.

In addition, the NWS has issued a flood watch western Burke and surrounding counties until 9 p.m. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado, the NWS said.

A band or two of showers and thunderstorms, with a risk of severe weather, will move into the area between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wind gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour are expected, with locally stronger, damaging gusts.

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