Tropical storm expected to bring rain to Columbia late in weekend

jholleman@thestate.comOctober 4, 2013 

— The remnants of Tropical Storm Karen are expected to soak South Carolina, starting late Sunday and into Monday, according to forecasts.

Tropical systems such as Karen that come ashore in the Gulf of Mexico typically bring drenching rain to South Carolina, occasionally accompanied by tornadoes.

The National Weather Service three-day precipitation forecast calls for up to 1.5 inches of rain in South Carolina Sunday and Monday, with highest totals in the Upstate. In Columbia, the slight chance of rain begins Sunday afternoon.

The worst of the stormy weather is expected Monday, making the morning commute dicey. Sustained winds are expected to be in the 15-20 mph range.

The rainfall comes at a good time. Columbia Metropolitan Airport has registered rainfall only four of the past 43 days.

The threat of tornadoes is difficult to predict three days hours out, but Karen’s most likely track would put the Midlands in tornado-possibility zone.

To remind residents to take all tropical systems seriously, the Columbia National Weather Service office Friday posted a map showing tracks of the 22 tornadoes in South Carolina associated with Tropical Storm Beryl in 1994. Beryl’s path was similar to the Karen’s projected path.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl followed a similar track in 1994 when it kicked up 22 tornadoes in South Carolina

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