Severe thunderstorms rolling through the Midlands on Sunday evening knocked out power to several residences.
SCE&G reported 5,231 outages at 8:30 p.m., with 2,965 in Richland County and 2,254 in Lexington County. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for several Midlands counties until 1 a.m.
The thunderstorms featured winds up to 60 mph and hail, according to the National Weather Service. It affected Columbia, Dentsville, Forest Acres, Hopkins, Cherryvale, Wedgefield, Red Bank, Batesburg-Leesville, South Congaree, Sumter, Manning, Privateer, Orangeburg, Saint Matthews and North.
Forecasters predict there could be more severe weather on Monday. A slow-moving cold front could bring the potential for severe weather in the Midlands, according to the National Weather Service.
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Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of the front beginning around 2 p.m. Monday and last into the evening hours, Whitney Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, said Sunday.
Some storms could become severe, with damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, hail and an isolated tornado. Forecasters say hail could be 1 inch in diameter or larger.
Brief, heavy rainfall could cause localized flooding in poor-drainage areas, but widespread rainfall is not expected.
“The storms that move over particular areas could contain a lot of rainfall, but not every area is going to get that same amount of rain,” Smith said.
Forecasters urged anyone planning outdoor afternoon activities for Memorial Day to remain alert for changing weather conditions.