Severe weather expected in the Midlands in late afternoon

jholleman@thestate.comJune 10, 2013 

— Thunderstorms in front of a cold front are expected to make for a rough afternoon in the Midlands, continuing a trend of spotty, heavy rainfall throughout the state.

The line of potentially severe weather is expected to hit the Upstate around 2 p.m. and the Midlands around 5 p.m., with thunderstorms, high winds and heavy rain, according to Mark Malsick, severe weather liaison at the state climate office.

Thunderstorms have been soaking at least some portion of the state nearly every day for the past week. On Sunday, sites in Aiken, Orangeburg and Greenville counties got more than four inches, topped by 5.59 inches in the Orangeburg County town of North, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

Six of the past eight days, at least one spot in South Carolina received at least four inches of rainfall. Only on Saturday did none of the more than 250 sites in the network get more than an inch.

As a result, all monitored rivers or streams and streams in the state are at 75 percent of their normal capacity or higher. But the only major river at flood stage is the Pee Dee in Florence and Marion counties. Projected river levels along the Pee Dee would impact some farming and logging operations but present no threat to home and business structures.

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