Tornado watch ends in the Lowcountry after day filled with severe weather including hail

Sunset Tuesday night on Johns Island (Source: Vanessa Pitthan Chapin)
Sunset Tuesday night on Johns Island (Source: Vanessa Pitthan Chapin)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A tornado watch that was in effect for a good portion of the Lowcountry expired Tuesday night.

The watch affected areas of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties.

A tornado watch means strong tornadoes are possible with the potential for scattered hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph.

Areas throughout the Lowcountry experienced a mix of heavy rain and hail, with some residents taking pictures and video of large hail that fell during the afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm watch had been in effect for most of the Lowcountry Tuesday morning, but it expired at 9 a.m. after a "first wave" of storms moved through the area.

The National Weather Service said a corridor of severe winds, and perhaps a few tornadoes would be possible across northern Florida, southeast Georgia, and eastern South Carolina on Tuesday.

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The Live 5 Weather team declared Tuesday as a First Alert Weather Day to help alert the community to the potential for severe weather.

First Alert Weather Days are designed to raise awareness about weather threats and provide more information about impacts and other important information like business and school closings and event cancellations when they happen.

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