CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Zeta, which struck the Louisiana coast as a Category 2 hurricane and remained a tropical storm as of Thursday morning, is causing gusty winds and a risk of storms for the Lowcountry.
The risk for storms comes as Zeta continues to merge with a cold front as it moves north of the state.
Numerous showers with isolated thunderstorms will impact the Lowcountry through Thursday evening. In addition to the risk for damaging winds, the possibility of a brief, isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
The risk is highest from late morning through sunset. Be prepared to take action should threatening weather approach or if a warning is issued for your location.
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The main concern is wind gusts which could reach up to 35 mph at times across coastal South Carolina ahead of a strong cold front Zeta will merge with. Those gusty winds could mean difficult travel conditions for taller bridges across the Lowcountry:
- Ravenel Bridge
- Don Holt Bridge
- James B. Edwards Bridge
- Ben Sawyer Bridge
- Isle of Palms Connector
- Amos Nathaniel Rogers Bridge
- Woods Memorial Bridge
- McKinley Washington Jr. Bridge
Charleston County does not close bridges, but will issue alerts to drivers when conditions are not safe. The county issues a Condition Yellow alert if sustained winds reach 30 mph. A Condition Yellow means box-type trucks, tractor trailers, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers or boats should not use bridges that are high span which are 65 feet or higher or exposed bridges.
Meanwhile, seven Upstate counties in South Carolina are under a tropical storm warning. Those counties include Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Cherokee, and York, where there is a potential of 39 to 57 mph winds. WYFF-TV reported wind gusts of between 45 and 50 mph Thursday morning, downed trees and reports of tens of thousands of power outages.