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FIRST ALERT: Lowcountry under 2nd-highest severe weather risk for Thursday

Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 4:36 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - For the first time in two years, the storm prediction center is forecasting its second-highest risk of severe weather for most of South Carolina Thursday.

The state is under a “moderate” risk for severe weather. On a five-point scale, “moderate” represents a “four” out of “five,” with five being the highest risk.

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With the higher storm risk, there is also an enhanced risk of tornadoes, Meteorologist Joey Sovine said. The forecast includes a 15% chance of an EF-2 or stronger tornado within 25 miles of any location within the majority of the state’s counties.

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The Upstate region is at a lower risk, but the Midlands, Lowcountry and Pee Dee are all in the higher-risk area.

There is also a 45% chance of damaging winds for most of the state, he said.

The threat comes as a cold front moves across the southeast. The timetable for the strongest risk will be Thursday afternoon, Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said.

The last time the area was under the second-highest risk for severe weather was on April 19, 2019, when three tornadoes touched down in Orangeburg and one touched down in Williamsburg County, Sovine said.

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