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Rain, wind threat to holiday drivers

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Wednesday is expected to be a day many people will hit the roads, either ending their holiday road trip or just starting one.

WMBF Storm Team Meteorologist Jamie Arnold is forecasting severe thunderstorms for Wednesday, and possible tornadoes.

"I think the biggest threat for people driving is even outside of any storms tomorrow, we're talking about a lot of wind," Arnold said.

And with the threat of Storms, Arnold said winds could get up to 65 miles per hour, or even higher.

 "Obviously that makes driving difficult by itself, thrown in the risk of maybe some downed trees, some downed power lines and certainly gonna be some tricky travel especially thru the midday hours across our area," Arnold said.

Les Mullis is from Swansboro, North Carolina. Mullis said he was in Myrtle Beach to visit family, but must head home Wednesday morning.

"I have to be back tomorrow because I have someplace I have to be," Mullis said.

Mullis said he is aware severe weather is supposed to hit, but he must get home.

"The weather's supposed to get a little dicey, but I'm not too worried about it. Normally I'm not worried about tornadoes on the coast. If thunderstorms and rain gets real bad, I'll just pull over until it eases off and keep going home."

Arnold said it's hard to pinpoint exactly how likely a tornado will hit, but the threat is high.

"Our probabilities for tornadoes are unusually high. Obviously late December you don't think of as your typical severe weather season but this is a very dynamic storm system. It's already produced a record number of tornadoes so far on Christmas day and we're gonna see that threat continue into the Carolina's," Arnold said.

Arnold said drivers should take the threat seriously and make necessary adjustments if the weather hits a person while driving.

"If you're heading up the road and you see one of those nasty storms and that rain gets really heavy, there's nothing wrong with pulling over and waiting it out. It's definitely not worth that rush or that drive to try to get through some of that nasty weather. Just slow down and take it easy," Arnold said.

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