Tropical Storm Warning active for almost half of the counties in area as Hermine landfall nears

by jovan1984

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Hurricane Hermine is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle by 1:00 Friday.

That means severe weather is very likely in portions of the Central Savannah River Area on Friday.

Here’s the latest.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for these following areas:

Allendale County
Bamberg County
Barnwell County
Bulloch County
Burke County
Emanuel County
Hampton County
Jenkins County
Orangeburg County
Screven County

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a High Wind Warning for these following areas:

Aiken County
Columbia County
Edgefield County
McDuffie County
Augusta-Richmond County

NOTE: Because Bamberg, Barnwell, Burke and Orangeburg counties are under a Tropical Storm Warning, these counties are NOT under a High Wind Warning as the Tropical Storm Warning supersedes the High Wind Warning.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a High Wind Watch for these following counties:

Lincoln County
McCormick County
Saluda County

Every one of the 23 counties in the Aiken Area are under a Flood Watch, which was issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

A Tornado Watch will be issued sometime on Friday. While the timing is unknown for when the Storm Prediction Center will issue such a watch, these following counties will be under a Tornado watch:

Allendale County
Bulloch County
Emanuel County
Hampton County
Jenkins County
Screven County

Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Orangeburg and Augusta-Richmond counties will probably be included with those six “will be” counties in any Tornado Watch that is issued.

ALL of the watches that have already been issued will begin at 6:00 Friday and end at 6:00 Saturday.

Any short-term warnings that are issued will be either Flood or Tornado. Thunderstorm Warnings are never issued with any landfalling tropical system (unless that system became extratropical prior to landfall).

There is a 99 to 100 percent chance of rain in all areas.

In Barnwell, tropical storm conditions are expected. Maxiumum temperature will be 82, and that will come before dawn. Winds will be from the south at 39 to 48 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph possible.

In Statesboro, tropical storm conditions are expected. Maximum temperature will be 82, and that will be before dawn. Winds will be from the south at 40 to 48 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph possible.

In Hampton, tropical storm conditions are expected. Maximum temperature will be 80, and that will be before dawn. South winds 45 to 56 mph with gusts up to 70 mph possible.

In Aiken, tropical storm conditions are possible. Maximum temperature will be 80, and that will come shortly after sunrise. Winds will come from the south at 26 to 36 mph, with gusts up to 51 mph possible.

In Augusta, Ga., tropical storm conditions are possible. Maximum temperature will be 81, and that will come around sunrise. Winds will come from the south at 24 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 48 mph possible.

In Washington, Ga., heavy rain possible, and isolated thunderstorms. Maximum temperature will be 82, and that will occur shortly after sunrise. Winds will come from the south at 18 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph possible.

Update at 15:23: Hermine is now a Category I hurricane, according to the NHC.

Update at 21:18: A High Wind Warning has been issued for Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie and Augusta-Richmond counties by the National Weather Service in Columbia.

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