Tornado Watch in effect until 1 a.m.

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By Jonathan Oh

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Midlands until 1 a.m. Thursday, though the watch no longer covers Lexington, Saluda, Newberry, and Fairfield counties. While the threat of a tornado is minimal, there is a possibility that with the proper amount of lifting and sheer (which is the twisting of the winds), we could see that activity, so the National Weather Service is putting residents on notice.

There has been a slew of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the Midlands, beginning with the western counties who were placed on watch a little after 7 p.m. As the front pushes through the state, the strong winds are powerful enough for the Weather Forecast Office to continue issuing the warnings for different parts of the Midlands.

The greatest concern is that with the front moving through, there is enough of a strong force of wind coming down from the clouds that could cause damage for the area.

The ABC Columbia Weather Team is tracking this storm online here and also on Facebook. You can get the latest by just going to the ABC Columbia Facebook page, or you can also go to Jonathan Oh's Facebook page.

We will also have the latest coming up with Chief Meteorologist Reg Taylor on ABC Columbia News at Eleven.

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