Tornado watch called off for 17 Midlands counties

jholleman@thestate.comJanuary 10, 2014 

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A tornado watch in effect for much of Saturday in 17 Midlands-area counties, including Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Sumter and Orangeburg, has expired.

The watch was called off around 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms and strong winds hit the Midlands and most of South Carolina on Saturday.

The National Weather Service forecast for the Midlands calls for around 80 percent chance of rain, with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day.

The worst of the system in the Midlands hit in the middle of the day.

The combustibility is connected to a cold front, but temperatures will drop only to the upper 30s on Sunday. The chance of rain drops to near zero on Sunday, with highs around 60 degrees.


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