Tornado threat diminishing in the Midlands


By Jonathan Oh

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The Tornado Watch for most of the Midlands has been lifted. The only counties now under a Tornado Watch are Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Calhoun, and Orangeburg counties until 10:00 p.m. The watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado, but this watch does not mean a tornado will necessarily form, and it looks like that threat is rapidly diminishing in the Midlands.

We're starting this workweek off with a little bit of a bang because we have a powerful trough that is coupled with a strong cold front that will rock our weather for Monday. We will see plenty of clouds ahead of this front, but what we're really going to notice is this humid and muggy air with dewpoints in the low 70s. Some of the storms popping up this afternoon were strong, and the primary threat of severe weather was the strong straightline winds. The Storm Prediction Center placed the Midlands under that slight (or elevated) risk for severe storms during the day.

After the storms pass, we will see a quick warm-up into the mid-90s for the mid-week, so be ready to get hot really quickly. Another front will bring us down to what is normal by the weekend with mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower-90s.

We will have the latest throughout the day on ABC Columbia, here online at, on Jonathan Oh's Facebook page, and through our Clear Channel radio partners on 100.1 WVOC, 104.7 WNOK, 97.5 WCOS, Steve-FM, 560 The Team, and Hallelujah 1400.
Current: 56°
High: 56°
Low: 52°
Wind: 7 MPH
Pressure: 30.06
Humidity: 84 %

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