Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Hermine has strengthened into a a Hurricane is still expected to be a major rainmaker in South Carolina, as it aims to enter our state on Friday.
The storm currently has winds of 80 miles an hour, and is moving to the northeast at 14 miles an hour. It's expected to make landfall in Florida early Friday morning.
Presently, the storm is expected to begin bringing rain into South Carolina by Friday morning, but that precipitation is expected to be relatively light. Where we will see a significant increase is in the early afternoon hours, roughly around 2 p.m. , when the heavier bands of rains will begin moving into the state.
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Complicating matters will be a cold front that moves into the state a few hours earlier. The front is expected to stall in the middle of the state. So what will that mean? The front will cause the moisture entering the state from the south brought by Hermine to be lifted up, then dumped on the center of the state. In short, that means the Midlands will likely see higher rain totals than the coast.
Right now, our in-house computer models are forecasting between 4 to 8 inches of rain in our area by early Saturday morning, with isolated higher amounts. While the models could shift before then, it's a safe bet to assume we'll be seeing a good bit of rain, no matter what area of the Midlands you live in.
Because of that threat, a flash flood watch has been issued for the entire Midlands until 6 a.m. Saturday. A high wind. A high wind watch has also been issued for Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg, and Sumter Counties until 2 a.m. Saturday
After the rains pass, the weather will improve dramatically, and we should have great conditions for the rest of the Labor Day weekend.
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