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Latest updates: Severe weather in the Midlands

Severe thunderstorms are heading to the Midlands with chances of tornadoes
Credit: WLTX

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A severe weather outbreak is taking place Thursday in South Carolina, as a powerful cold front is triggering storms. 

The tornado watch is in effect for the entire Midlands until 8 p.m. this evening. There is a risk of damaging winds, flash flooding, and isolated tornadoes. 

RELATED: Tornado watch expanded to entire Midlands until 8 PM

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As severe weather approaches the Midlands here are the most up to date information. 

9:00 PM

7:40 PM 

6:45 PM  

6:43 PM  Flooding at night. 

6:07 PM  Storm reports are starting to come into the weather center. 

6:04 PM  The Taylors Fire department rescued three dogs from a flooded home in Taylors, SC. 

6:00 PM

5:46PM   All Newberry county schools on two-hour delay for Friday 


4:48 PM

4:45 PM

4:44 PM  Thunderstorm warning for Sumter, Bishopville, Dalzell.

4:43 PM

Credit: Lexington Police
Use caution in the 500 Block of S. Royal Tower Drive. Parts of the roadways in the New Friarsgate subdivision are flooded.

4:30 PM

4:29 PM

4:23 PM


4:18 PM Tornado watch canceled for Saluda, Newberry and Fairfield counties. 

4:10 PM Vehicle stopped in standing water in Lexington. 

4:08 PM  'The Young and the Restless' will air tonight on WLTX at 1:37 am.

4:03 PM Alternate routes in Lexington for flooded roads. 

4:02 PM New flood advisory

4:01 PM Rain and wind in Lexington. 

3:49 PM Need to report power outages to Dominion Energy here is the information. 

3:47 PM  Look at local radar, watches and warnings. 

3:46 pm University of South Carolina main campus cancels classes for the rest of the day.

3:45 pm Flooding in Gaston, NC at body shop. 

3:41 PM  Riverwalk in West Columbia closed due to weather and flooding

West Columbia, SC (February 6, 2020, at 3:40 PM) – The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, as well as, the Carraway Park Playground is temporarily closed due to impending inclement weather and flooding. Once the water subsides and the Riverwalk path is clear, the city will announce when the West Columbia Riverwalk Park is open to the public. Carraway Park at the Riverwalk Playground will reopen when weather permits.

3:40 PM Wind and rain in Lexington

3:39 PM  Multiple streets closed in Newberry, exercise caution.

3:38 PM  The South Carolina Department of Public Safety

3:37 PM  The skies in Lexington turning darker. 

3:36 PM  

3:35 PM  Power lines down in Lexington county 

3:25 PM Rain in Lexington County


3:23 PM  More flooding in the Rock Hill area

3:20 PM

3:16 PM   The South Carolina Department of Transportation is extending it's call hours till 9 PM. 

3:12 PM  Severe thunderstorm warning including Columbia, West Columbia and Lexington.

3:09 PM  Severe thunderstorm in Edgefield county is rotating. 

3:08 PM Advice and numbers for Duke Energy

3:05 PM Road blockades for flooding in downtown Newberry

3:02 PM 

3:01 PM Tornado warned storm in Aiken County. 

3:00 PM Severe thunderstorm warning including Aiken, SC and North Augusts, SC

2:57 PM Flooding in Rock Hill on Dave Lyle Boulevard.

2:52 PM South Carolina Department of Transportation urges motorists to drive with caution. 

2:50 PM  Heavy rain begins in Newberry 

2:45 PM - Possible tornado in Charlotte 

Up to our north, there may have been a tornado in Charlotte. This home surveillance video captures the high winds outside a home there. 

2:43 PM - A look at South Lake Drive in Lexington

Nothing there yet, but that's about to change 

2:40 PM - Severe thunderstorm warnings in Fairfield, Kershaw Counties 

2:33 PM

2:30 PM Some tips to keep in mind, these from the South Carolina Department of Transportation;Tips to stay safe on the road

1.Obey all signs and NEVER drive around barricades

2. Do NOT try to drive through flooded areas, the road may be washed away.

3.Watch out for emergency vehicles and highway workers.

Just six inches of fast moving water can knock over and carry away an adult.  A foot of water can make a car float and two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including trucks and SUVs.

Credit: WLTX
Flooding in the Greenville Zoo's parking lot

Early morning: Severe storms this morning in the Upstate created some flooding at the Greenville Zoo with water flooding the parking lot area.  The zoo was already closed this week to the public for annual maintenance projects. 


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