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Severe weather threat to peak over the next hour

/ December 24, 2020 at 7:15 PM

A broken squall line is moving into the Tri-County now. This squall line will be capable of 50 MPH wind gusts with some pockets of stronger, damaging winds. Kinks along the edge of the line may produce brief tornadoes; a tornado warning was in effect earlier in Hampton and Colleton counties with some indication of debris as the tornado moved over Luray.

There is enough instability available for additional episodes of severe weather over the next hour or so. Once the initial squall line passes — and it’ll be fast as it’s moving to the east/northeast at 45-50 MPH — rain will fill into the area with continued gusty winds. Be ready for the potential for power outages — charge devices now and have flashlights on standby.

The cold front is moving into South Carolina now. As the front moves through, expect a sharp wind shift and an additional round of strong, gusty winds as precipitation ends. Cold air will quickly follow.