Strong winds blow through

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A strong cold front swept through the area Tuesday, bringing with it rain and thunderstorms and leaving behind strong, gusty winds.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington had issued a Wind Advisory Tuesday for northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina that would last through 10 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory warned that winds would be blowing at 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts as high as 45 miles per hour, which could toss around lawn furniture, blow down dead or weak trees, and possibly cause power outages.

The wind will begin to subside late Wednesday evening, but several areas have already seen impressive wind gusts. Lumberton, Williamsburg County Airport and Socastee all recorded a high wind gust of 43 miles per hour, while Laurinburg and Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach both recorded gusts of 42. Florence came in at 40 miles per hour, followed by Marion at 38 and Bennettsville at 37.

With many areas having exceeded tropical storm-force winds, it is possible that some limbs and weak trees have fallen. So far, no power outages have been reported and that will likely not change, as winds are expected to continue to die down overnight.

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