MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - South winds will increase Wednesday as a strong front moves in to the Carolinas, says WMBF News Meteorologist Marla Branson.
This evening, the potent front will move in to the Pee Dee and then will clear the coast shortly after midnight. We could have wind gusts in the 40 to 45 mph range. Winds this strong can cause a few trees to fall and isolated power outages, Branson says.
A wind advisory is expected to be in effect from noon Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.
Wednesday will be very warm with temperatures this morning warmer than our normal afternoon highs. This afternoon we'll flirt with record highs.
Highs Wednesday will be in the mid-70s at the beach and the upper-70s inland. Thursday, much cooler air moves in, and highs will only be in the mid-50s.
Progress Energy is reporting that about 550 customers in the Florence area are without power as of 5:15 p.m.
Dusty Owens with the Florence County Emergency Management says they don't have any damage reports at this time, and are not expecting any until the late hours.
Santee Cooper reporting a very small outage in Conway affecting about 98 customers due to a fallen tree. Power should be restored to those customers by 6 p.m.