Tornado, flash flood watches issued for Burke, surrounding areas

May 25, 2017, 01:52
Tornado, flash flood watches issued for Burke, surrounding areas

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says the storms that are moving into the area will bring the possibility of hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes.

A flood advisory has been issued and is in effect in central St. Johns County until 4:45 p.m.

According to the sheriff's office, there are approximately six homes damaged, ranging from minor to severe.

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Winds shut down the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Heavy downpours in strong thunderstorms can pose a flash flood threat in low-lying areas or places with poor drainage.

The Statesville Record & Landmark reports at least two mobile homes have been destroyed in a portion of Iredell County near U.S. Highway 64.

Severe thunderstorm warning has been issued in Cabarrus, Lancaster (S.C.) and Mecklenburg counties.

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The threat for severe weather will end from the west in the late afternoon and early evening, the NWS said.

A cold front will approach the area this afternoon, triggering a line of showers and thunderstorms that may be severe.

The counties included under the tornado watch are Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Beaufort as well as Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Edgefield, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.

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Weather service officials will visit Parkton in Robeson County to determine whether a tornado damaged some buildings about an hour before the storm ripped through Autryville.

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