Heavy rain, hail possible for several counties

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail are possible Thursday evening as a storm moves into the Lowcountry.

A Tornado Watch issued for most of South Carolina including the Lowcountry was cancelled for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Beaufort and Colleton Counties earlier. The watch is still in effect for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties until 8 p.m.

A deadly springtime severe storm system approached the coastal plain of South Carolina on Thursday. The storm has been nowhere near as strong as it was when it ravaged Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia Wednesday, killing at least 131 people, and it isn't expected to cause much impact.

A tornado was reported in Sumter County, west of Manning along Highway 601 and 419 Thursday morning.

A storm system moving north from Savannah poses the highest threat for the Lowcountry. The system is expected to enter the area this afternoon and then move off the coast around rush hour. Scattered thunderstorms are moving in across the area, but nothing severe has been reported yet.

Forecasters say the storms shouldn't be as violent as the ones that raked Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on Wednesday. But they say some tornadoes are possible across North and South Carolina, along with high winds.

Hail and funnel clouds were reported from storms Wednesday evening near Greensboro, N.C., but no major damage was reported.

By Thursday night, the line of storms should be moving out over the coastal waters and much cooler and milder air will begin to filter in as we head toward Friday and the weekend. Lows will fall back into the mid 50's overnight under a clearing sky. Sunshine returns Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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