Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Hermine will turn its attention to South Carolina later today, as the storm is expected to drench the Palmetto State and lead to possible flooding. Early Friday morning, Hermine weakened to a tropical storm.
The storm moved ashore early Friday morning in Florida as a hurricane. Over the next several hours, bands of rains will bring light to moderate rain to the Midlands.
In the early afternoon is where things will deteriorate rapidly, as the heavier bands of rain closer to the center of Hermine begins to press into the state. What will add to the problem is a stalled cold front that's near the center of the South Carolina. The front will lift moisture off Hermine and put it along the western side of the storm's track--in other words, the Midlands.
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Each rainfall projection model shifts where the heaviest rain will fall, and if you've been watching the graphics we've been displaying on-air and here, you've noticed they've gone up and down a bit. However, one thing has remained consistent: all models show at least some portion of the Midlands getting torrential rain--it's just a matter of where exactly the hardest rain will fall.
At present, it's believed that 4 to 8 inches can be expected in the area, with some isolated sections possibly seeing higher totals than that.
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Because of the threat of heavy rain, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the entire region until 6 a.m. Saturday. A high wind warning also is in effect for Richland, Lexington, Lee, Sumter, Orangeburg, Calhoun, and Clarendon Counties, as gusty winds over 40 miles an hour are going to be present. That could also lead to power outages as trees and powerlines begin to fall.
Along the coast, higher winds are expected.
By Saturday morning, the rains will move out, and we're expected to see a big improvement in the weather for the remainder of the Labor Day holiday weekend.
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