Tornado watch issued for Marion County until 9 pm

WATCH Large Hail Isolated Tornadoes Possible This Afternoon And Evening

Isolated tornadoes are possible, and hail and heavy rainfall capable of producing flooding also are possible.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a strong frontal system will approach the region Sunday afternoon and will cross the area Monday, April 16.

Some of the thunderstorms could be severe with tornadoes and damaging winds the primary threats. Southwest to west winds of 45 to 50 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 70 miles per hour, were predicted for impacted areas. "Pick up any lightweight objects around the yard and use caution on the roads". "We could see some fallen trees from the storm".

SCE&G reported 1,327 customers without power in Charleston County, 688 in Dorchester County and 119 in Berkeley County.

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Besides the obvious refresher, another reason for the tests is because it allows the public to test their weather radios, which can only be activated using a real tornado warning code.

During a tornado watch, the weather service suggests that people should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:45 p.m.to give families and second-shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.

Another storm system moving through the valley late this week could bring some rain, according to the weather service. The risk for tornadoes is higher southwest of Richmond.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Saturday and Sunday, as a wet, cold couple of days will lead to sleet and ice accumulations in much of the area. First Alert Weather Days are created to give you an early notification about the possibility of severe weather in your area. The best chance for whiteouts will be late Friday night there.

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