MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – The potential for severe weather across our area this evening continues, but so far today all the bad weather has been to our west and south.
A tornado watch is in effect for Scotland County until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
A special marine warning was issued by the National Weather Service for waters from Little River to Murrells Inlet. It is in effect until 7:15 p.m.
Most of the storm action to our south has been falling apart as it moves northward.
Some stronger stroms have begun to move into the Charleston area, but as they push north and reach cooler air along the Grand Strand they weaken.
News13 meteorologists are still watching a line of strong storms moving across the west through the upstate. The storms are moving toward the northeast and could clip parts of Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Scotland counties.
For most of the News13 viewing area, we are going to get by with minimal severe weather, according to Chief Meteorologist Frank Johnson.
The National Weather Service has lowered the severe weather risk in our area from moderate to enhanced, that’s No. 3 on the 1 through 5 scale. So, technically we still have the potential for tornadoes, damaging wind and hail but that potential seems to be going down especially since temperatures have been cool across the area this afternoon.
The timing for the severe weather will move to the coast around 5 pm-6 pm. These storms will push offshore this evening, bringing an end to the severe weather threat around 8 pm.
Much cooler weather will move in for Friday. It will stay mostly cloudy with a slight chance for a shower, and highs will only be in the upper 50s to low 60s.
This cool weather will continue through the weekend. A storm system may develop offshore over the weekend, and we will see some clouds, but the rain should stay mostly offshore with a slight chance for showers at the beaches.
We will warm up for the middle of next week with a chance for showers.