Approaching storm begins causing damage

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Severe storms haven't yet reached the Pee Dee or Grand Strand, but that doesn't mean reports of damage haven't already started coming in.

Law enforcement has reported downed trees in Florence, Marion and Horry Counties. At around 7 p.m., South Carolina Highway Patrol reported a tree down on US76 near Little Pee Dee Manor in Mullins and one down on Bud Graham Road in Aynor. In Timmonsville, a large tree was reported down near the intersection of Park Street and Kewshaw Street.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of South Carolina, as strong, gusty winds ahead and behind an approaching cold front could gust up to 45 miles per hour. These winds are strong enough to break small branches, topple weak trees, down power lines, toss around yard furniture and trash cans, and can cause hazardous driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles. This could result in isolated power outages.

Severe storms are possible later Wednesday evening into the early morning hours Thursday for the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. The main threat from these thunderstorms will be possible damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Isolated tornadoes are also a possibility with this system. The highest probability of severe weather will exist in the Pee Dee late this evening and move toward the coast around midnight.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg Counties until 2 a.m. Thursday.

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