Columbia, SC (WLTX) The Midlands certainly has had its fair share of severe weather other the last two years. From the historic 2015 Flood, to Hurricane Matthew, to tornadoes in January and February, we have certainly see the impacting weather in the Midlands.

March 5th to March 11th is Severe Weather Awareness Week for the Palmetto State as we prepare for the spring severe weather potential this year. Although most of the thunderstorms that occur in the state are non-severe, there have been some thunderstorms that have been severe. Damaging winds, frequent lightning, hail and even tornadoes have impacted our communities.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has designated your WLTX News19 Weather Team as ambassadors of the Weather Ready Nation. A Weather Ready Nation Ambassador makes a priority to prepare the public for potential disasters, promoting outreach activities and making the general public more aware and prepared for impacting weather.

In conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Carolina, WLTX News19 has again partnered with Midland Radio Corporation to help you stay prepared for severe weather, and starting now, you can purchase a Midlands radio at local Kroger or Academy Sports stores at a special discounted rate. WLTX will also be hosting Weather Radio Expos at Kroger and Academy Sports and Outdoors throughout the spring, where you can purchase your discounted Weather Radio and have our team program it for you on site. If you already have a Midland Weather radio and need help re-programming it, we would be able to do that for you as well. All programming of your radios is free of charge.