Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire Midlands in advance of the arrival of Hermine.
The watch is in effect from now until 6 a.m. Saturday. It includes the following counties in central South Carolina: Richland, Lexington, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Sumter, Clarendon, Lee, Kershaw, Newberry, Fairfield, Saluda.
The advisory specifically states that the storm could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain, with higher amounts possible. Low lying areas and places with poor drainage are most at risk. Driving could become hazardous as some area roadways could become impassable due to high water, especially in urban areas.
In addition to that advisory, a high wind watch has also been issued for Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg, and Sumter Counties until 2 a.m. Saturday. Sustained winds of 40 miles an hour with higher gusts are expected in those areas. The weather service is warning that trees and power lines could fall down, and roofing and siding could be at risk.
Hermine will begin to move into South Carolina Friday morning, with the heaviest bands of rain beginning to move in during the early afternoon. The storm is expected to drop heavy rain for the remainder of the day and into early Saturday morning.
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