The worst of the storms forecast for South Carolina on Tuesday veered to the south of Columbia, causing flooding and prompting a tornado watch for multiple counties.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Sumter, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and the Lowcountry. It did not include Richland, Lexington, Kershaw and Aiken counties.
Storms earlier in the day caused flooding that appeared slightly worse than usual in neighborhoods on the Charleston peninsula.
Another strong band of storms was expected to move through the lower part of the state between 5 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to Rachel Cobb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.
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“Heavy rain is still a big threat,” Cobb said. “There could still be some flash flooding, especially in the urban areas.”
Some parts of the Midlands briefly saw pounding rain Tuesday under overcast skies that stuck around much of the day.
Cobb said localized flooding continued to be a concern, and a flash flood watch remained in effect for the entire Midlands area through Wednesday night.
The rain was expected to taper off Tuesday evening before a round of heavier rain moves through the area Wednesday morning, according to Cobb.
“(Wednesday) looks a lot like today, where we will have the slight chance for some severe storms in the afternoon and evening,” she said.
Heading into Thursday, some light showers and winds will linger before the skies clear Thursday night. Forecasts show sunny skies and highs in the mid-80s on Friday.
On Monday, parts of Columbia saw more than 2 inches of rain, including Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which had 2.6 inches of rain, according to Richland County weather data. A rain gauge at Gills Creek in Forest Acres registered 2.8 inches of rain.
Most of northern Richland County, however, received less than an inch of rain. Lexington saw 1.5 inches, but Irmo received less than an inch. Some flooding was reported Monday in the Five Points district and parts of West Columbia.