Strong storms possible Thursday morning

  • Strong storms possible Thursday morning

Strong storms possible Thursday morning

An area of low pressure with an associated cold front and warm front are bringing this threat for severe weather.

The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes Wednesday. Just before 4 p.m., Columbia Police had pulled people to safety from flooded Read Street in the Two Notch Road area and widespread flooding was being reported.

For the third time already this year, the Storm Prediction Center issued a rare "high risk" for severe weather for two million people across portions of Georgia and SC. Risks include tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds.

Strong and severe thunderstorms will fire up across the southeastern USA and into the Ohio River Valley Wednesday afternoon, and this activity moves towards our area very late Wednesday and Thursday morning.

The storms, being chased by a cold front, were expected to leave almost 60 million people at risk from tornadoes, damaging winds, thunderstorms and flooding, according to a CNN forecast. The timing for storms along I-75 will be between 6-8 p.m. with activity working into the heart of Eastern Kentucky by 8-10 p.m.

About the "risks:" The Storm Prediction Center's outlined "risk" areas mean more to meteorologists than the general public.

We are tracking another storm system that will move across part of northern Oklahoma later today bringing a chance for scattered thunderstorms across the area.

"The conditions and the atmospheric parameters are similar to the event that we experienced in 1998 as well as the event we experienced in 1974", Warren County Emergency Management spokeswoman Melissa Moore said Wednesday afternoon. Even if only a few isolated tornadoes form, they could be at EF-2 strength or higher producing winds of 110+ miles per hour. A warning, however, indicates that severe weather has developed and is an immediate threat. Also have a plan in place to seek shelter should a tornado warning be issued.

The thunderstorms are likely to increase in coverage and intensity Thursday morning.

Tuesday will see sunny skies again, with a high of 81 degrees.