High Winds, Rain Battering the Midlands

Chief Meteorologist and Hurricane Expert Jim Gandy provides the latest information on Hurricane Irma.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Severe weather is still expected this evening across South Carolina.

A tornado watch is in effect for Orangeburg County until 10 PM. The watch also covers most of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

The main impacts from Irma will come will continue through tonight and early Tuesday morning.

Some high wind reports have been coming to the information center. The Orangeburg airport reported a gust of 54 mph early Monday afternoon.

There have been numerous reports of trees and power lines down across the Midlands.

The possibility of tropical storm force winds will continue for parts of the area. Flash flooding and tornadoes will also be possible this evening.

A high wind warning is in effect for parts of the Midlands, however according the National Weather Service, this watch should be treated as a tropical storm warning. This area includes Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Saluda counties.

A tropical storm war means sustained winds of at least 39 mph are possible within the watch area within the next 48 hours.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Aiken and Orangeburg counties. This watch continues through midnight. In general, about 2-4 inches of rain is expected, with some areas receiving as much as 6 inches of rain. Some isolated areas could get more.

The showers and storms will continue from the early afternoon hours through Monday night. Some of the storms may linger into early Tuesday morning.

Everyone is encouraged to pay close attention to the weather Monday as conditions may change rapidly.

If you haven't already, download the News19 app, which will give you weather warnings, even if you lose power in the storm. 

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