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Wind advisory in effect through noon for much of the Lowcountry

Published: Jan. 2, 2022 at 5:39 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2022 at 2:16 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A wind advisory remains in effect for several Lowcountry counties through midday Monday as crews work to restore power to thousands of customers.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory for Charleton, Dorchester, Beaufort and portions of Berkeley and Colleton Counties until noon. The advisory also includes portions of Jasper, Allendale and Hampton Counties.

Winds of up to 20 to 30 mph are expected with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and could result in power outages.

Drivers should use extra caution and watch for debris in the roadway. Drivers of high-profile vehicles that could be affected by strong winds should take extra caution.

Live 5 Meteorologist Chris Holtzman is tracking a line of rain moving east ahead of a cold front. As of shortly after 4:30 a.m., a wind gust of near 50 mph was reported near Charleston.

A severe thunderstorm warning for Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties and several Pee Dee counties expired at 7:15 a.m. That warning also included Florence, Marlboro, Darlington Counties and portions of Dillon County.

A tornado watch for several Lowcountry counties expired at 3 a.m. That watch, which had been set to expire at 10 p.m. Sunday, was extended Sunday night into the overnight hours.

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