FIRST ALERT: Strong storms approaching Pee Dee tonight. Isolated tornado risk

Published: Jan. 11, 2020 at 10:09 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The same line of severe storms that tore through the Southeast earlier today is now approaching our area. While it is weakening, the storms will likely produce gusty winds and have a small chance for an isolated tornado in the Pee Dee. A severe thunderstorm WATCH is up until 2AM for Florence, Darlington, Marlboro, Dillon, Scotland and Robeson counties.

Severe Thunderstorms possible through 2AM Sunday
Severe Thunderstorms possible through 2AM Sunday(Wmbf Wx)

The line of thunderstorms will arrive to areas west of I-95 just after midnight. The main threats will be strong winds and quick downpours. Within this line, there could be a few quick spin up tornadoes possible, mainly in areas west of I-95 towards Darlington, Marlboro and Scotland counties.

Strong storms arrive after midnight. Gusty winds and an isolated tornado.
Strong storms arrive after midnight. Gusty winds and an isolated tornado.(Wmbf Wx)

The line of storms will weaken as it approaches Horry County so it is not included in the severe thunderstorm potential. Expect quick hitting rain and a few rumbles of thunder in the early morning hours.

A few showers are still possible on and off through Sunday. No severe weather is expected. More rounds of rain continue into early next week before drier skies and cooler temperatures arrive by the end of the week.

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