The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most Midlands counties until 9 p.m. Monday.
A slow-moving cold front could bring the potential for severe weather, according to the National Weather Service. In addition to Richland and Lexington, other Midlands counties included in the severe thunderstorm watch are Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, and Sumter.
Isolated scattered thunderstorms could develop ahead of the front and last into the evening hours, according to Mike Proud, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, said Monday.
“Conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms,” Proud said. “There could be damaging winds and large hail, but we’re not expecting tornado development.”
Some storms could become severe, with damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail. 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.
“We do expect storms to come through the Midlands tonight, roughly around 6 to 7 p.m.” Proud said. “They should move through and be out of the area by 9 p.m.”
Forecasters urged anyone planning outdoor activities for Memorial Day to remain alert for changing weather conditions.
Several communities in the Midlands were affected by high winds and heavy rains Sunday night as a thunderstorm passed though. A number of trees and branches were knocked down and power was out temporarily in some areas.
A tree fell on a charity home established by television personality Leeza Gibbons. The fallen oak caused heavy damage to the roof of the home at 201 St. Andrews Road in Irmo, according to a Facebook post from Leeza’s Care Connection and the Irmo Fire District.
No one was injured when the tree fell, said the fire district officials, who responded to a call at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday.
Staff writers Teddy Kulmala and Sammy Fretwell contributed to this report.