The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Charleston area until 1am tomorrow. Here’s some highlights from NWS:
…This is a particularly dangerous situation…
Destructive tornadoes…large hail to 2.5 inches in diameter…
thunderstorm wind gusts to 80 mph…and dangerous lightning are
possible in these areas.
Stuff is already erupting to the north of us and with authority. SuperDeeDooperDoppler has been activated and is really busy. Here’s a frame grab from the KCAE radar site just to the southwest of Columbia proper:
Some of those reflectivity levels are as high as I’ve ever seen them. Here’s what NWS has to say on the subject:
Discussion…severe thunderstorm outbreak underway as powerful 100kt
mid level jet and associated vort move across sern U.S. This
evening. Tornadic supercells will continue to develop ewd across
watch area thru the evening with potential for long lived damaging
tornadoes along and S of warm front which extends enewd into sern
Keep alert tonight. Unlike that Tuesday where nothing happened, there was a lot of sunshine today, and thus a good chance for a lot of instability out ahead of this monster. This system has a history of causing some serious damage and spawning incredible tornadoes — just ask Atlanta residents.
Update (5:13 PM)
Brian Goode points out the Storm Prediction Center has painted points west of the coast in a high risk zone for severe weather. According to Brian, that’s the first time this has ever happened. Wow.