MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A vigorous storm system will move across the area this morning with the risk of severe thunderstorms.
ALERTS: A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for the entire area through noon today. Remember, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for the entire area until 4 PM Today. Winds associated with the storm system approaching the Carolinas will cause winds to gusts up to 45 mph throughout today, even outside of showers and storms. Winds of this magnitude can result in isolated power outages, blow around patio furniture and cause a few trees to fall.
NEW INFORMATION: The latest update from the Storm Prediction Center continues the level three risk of severe storms across the eastern Carolinas. A level three storm threat means scattered severe storms and the risk of a few tornadoes are possible through the first half of today. This storm system has already produced several tornadoes and numerous reports of wind damage and large hail across the Deep South.
This storm system will have very powerful wind energy available for severe storms to develop. Winds just a few thousand feet off the ground may be as high as 50-70 mph today. Those winds will produce an atmosphere favorable for severe storms. In addition, enough wind shear will be present for the possibility of a few tornadoes. Hail will be possible with some of the storms as well.
TIMELINE: The latest data suggests strong to severe storms could arrive as early as daybreak just west of the Pee Dee. The storms will then push eastward and likely reach Florence and Interstate 95 corridor between 8 AM and 10 AM.
The storms will continue to push to the east and arrive in the Grand Strand between 9 AM and 11 AM. The storms will then quickly push off shore with clearing skies and dry weather through Monday afternoon.
The primary threats for these thunderstorms continues to be damaging winds, heavy rain, and the possibility of a tornado can’t be ruled out. Remember, a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY is our way of providing an early and detailed heads up of any potentially disruptive weather. We’ll continue to provide frequent updates on any changes to the forecast.