FIRST ALERT: Lines of storms moving into Lowcountry through evening

Live 5 Meteorologist Dorian Minor is tracking lines of storms that will affect Lowcountry weather Friday afternoon and evening.
Published: Aug. 11, 2023 at 1:40 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2023 at 2:26 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Live 5 First Alert Weather team is tracking lines of storms that will affect the Lowcountry’s weather Thursday afternoon and evening.

Some reports of downed trees have come in from the first line of storms in Colleton County, Live 5 Meteorologist Dorian Minor said. Portions of Colleton and Hampton County were under a severe thunderstorm warning that expired at 1:45 p.m., but the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning that strong wind gusts were still possible from the storm system.

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Minor said a line of storms moving across the central part of the state toward the coast were showing signs of strengthening with wind gusts of between 45 and 55 mph. The requirement for a severe thunderstorm warning to be issued is wind gusts of 58 mph, Minor said.

The first line of storms are expected to move out by about 4 p.m., but a second line of storms was expected to move in closer to 6 p.m., he said.

Strong wind gusts could cause damage to trees and power lines.

During a severe thunderstorm, you should move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building for your protection.