Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Category: Weather

Two tornados officially hit the CSRA region of South Carolina on Tuesday due to Fred

On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Fred made his presence known.

That is when tornado warnings popped up across the Central Savannah River Area of South Carolina. There were no tornado warnings issued for any of the 14 Central Georgia and Georgia Lowcountry counties in the Aiken Area.

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Ranking each state’s respect for the Constitution

It is the first full day of summer. However, if you’re looking for freedom and respect for your constitutional rights, you need to escape the South for the most part.

That’s because three of the five states that show the most contempt for the Constitution are in the South: Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Carolina. The only three Southern states that rank in the top half of the nation (Top 25) are: Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

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Coming this spring: Orangeburg County will be divided into three forecast zones

Orangeburg — The US National Weather Service is dividing Orangeburg County into three different forecast zones.

Starting this spring, as early as March 30, the NWS said it will be splitting Orangeburg County up.

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Flood Watch now active for the entire Aiken Area

What a way to start off 2021.

After tornado warnings on Friday to open up the new decade, now flash flooding is a possibility.

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Easter Monday tornados kill at least seven in the CSRA

Hampton — At least seven people are dead in the Central Savannah River Area after violent storms shredded the area early Easter Monday.

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Breaking: boy struck by lightning in Statesboro

Statesboro — A seven-year-old boy is in the hospital after being struck by cloud to ground lightning.

The strike hit the tree, and then travelled along the ground. The ground current then zapped the boy.

The incident happened on COLLEGE ST.

June is Lightning Safety Awareness Month.

WSAV-DT News 3

Baby Boomers complain about missing their events as destructive weather tears through South

Edgefield — Baby Boomers are behaving like children again.

On Sunday, several sporting events – the NBA, NASCAR and NCAA women’s basketball among them – saw multiple interruptions due to radio and TV stations “breaking in” to cover tornados. The path of destruction stretched from near Auburn, Ala. to Bishopville. Locally, Edgefield County – which was not under the Tornado Watch – was hit so hard, the schools were on a two hour delay to start the day.

The result?

At least twenty-four people dead in the Auburn Micropolitan Area alone, nearly thirty dead overall.

However, a man named Andrew from the Savannah-Hilton Head Island market was outraged over WSAV interrupting the PGA Tour to cover severe weather that hit the Georgia Lowcountry. He lashed out at the station’s chief meteorologist, Kris Allred, who was merely doing her job of making sure the folks in her television market – which includes the Aiken Area counties of Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven – took proper shelter and stayed safe from the storm.

Ms. Allred was kind enough to not respond to him. I am not sure I would be as kind to someone like that. In fact, I know I would have tore Andrew a new one if I was in the position Ms. Allred was in.

Props to Ms. Allred and the meterologists throughout the Aiken Area for keeping us safe.

Three tornados touch down in Orangeburg County

Branchville — The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and confirmed that three tornados touched down in Orangeburg County, including one in the county seat.

None of the tornados were in relation to Michael, however, as the band that spun the twisters occurred ahead of Michael.

The first tornado occurred in Branchville. It was rated EF-0.

The second was in Rowesville. This one was also an EF-0.

The third tornado was confirmed to be in Orangeburg, along Brookside Dr and Pine Hill Rd. Like the previous two twisters, this was a minor EF-0.

Fortunately, there were no injuries and only minor damage from the tornados.

Severe weather info

A Tropical Storm Warning is active for every county in the Aiken Area.

This includes the following cities and towns:

Aiken, North Augusta, White Pond, Wagener, Salley, Ridge Spring, Ward, Monetta, Windsor, Allendale, Fairfax, Ulmer, Bamberg, Denmark, Bufords Bridge, Barnwell, Blackville, Williston, Elko, Whaley, Hattieville, Statesboro, Portal, Brooklet, Waynesboro, Keysville, Girard, Appling, Evans, Grovetown, Martinez, Edgefield, Johnston, Trenton, Swainsboro, Twin City, Adrian, Gibson, Mitchell, Edge Hill, Hampton, Varnville, Yemassee, Estill, Garnett, Miley, Early Branch, Louisville, Wrens, Avera, Stapleton, Wadley, Millen, Perkins, Lincolnton, McCormick, Clarks Hill, Mount Carmel, Thomson, Dearing, Orangeburg, Springfield, Santee, Eutawville, Neeses, Branchville, Augusta, Blythe, McBean, Sylvania, Hilltonia, Rocky Ford, Newington, Crawfordville, Sharon, Warrenton, Jewell, Camak, Norwood, Washington, Rayle, Oak Grove and Tignall.

A Tornado Watch is active for Bulloch, Burke, Jenkins and Screven counties until 2:00 Thursday.

It’s a new month with new proclamations from the White House. Guess which two proclamations they refused to recognize.

Washington, DC — June has several themes that presidents proclaim for the month.

It is known as Black Music Month, for example.

That is one of four proclamations Trump signed on Friday.

Guess which two proclaimations Trump refused to sign?

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Irma closings for Monday and Tuesday

Here’s the list of closings for Monday and Tuesday:

• Aiken County – government, schools (Monday only) and Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health (Main and Hartzog centers)
• Allendale County – government and schools
• Augusta University
• Bamberg County – government and schools
• Barnwell County: Polly Best Center
• Barnwell County Government
• Barnwell School District 45
• Blackville School District 19
• Williston-Elko School District 29
• Bulloch County – government and schools
• Burke County – government and schools
• Claflin University
• Columbia County – government and schools
• East Georgia State College (all campuses)
• Edgefield County School District (Monday only)
• Emanuel County – government and schools
• Georgia Southern University
• Glascock County – government and schools
• Hampton County – government and schools
• Jefferson County – government and schools
• Jenkins County – government and schools
• Lincoln County Government
• McDuffie County – government and schools
• Orangeburg County – government and schools
• Paine College
• Augusta-Richmond County – government and schools
• Screven County – government and schools
• South Carolina-Aiken
• South Carolina-Salkehatchie (both campuses)
• South Carolina State University
• Taliaferro County – government and schools
• Voorhees College
• Warren County Government
• Wilkes County Government

Note: Government offices in all 159 Georgia counties are closed on Monday and Tuesday under the order of Nathan Deal

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the whole Aiken Area


Hurricane-Irma-update-Barbuda-Saint-Barthelemy-and-Saint-Martin-battered-by-near-200mph-windsA Tropical Storm Warning is now active for all 22 Aiken Area counties. This includes cities such as Aiken; Allendale; Augusta, Ga.; Bamberg; Branchville; Crawfordville, Ga.; Gibson, Ga.; Girard, Ga.; Grovetown, Ga.; Jackson; Lincolnton, Ga.; Louisville, Ga.; Midville, Ga.; Millen; Monetta; Mount Carmel; Orangeburg; Springfield; Statesboro; Swainsboro, Ga.; Sylvania; Thomson, Ga.; Trenton; Washington, Ga.; Warrenton, Ga.; Waynesboro; Williston; and Yemassee.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that sustained winds of 40 mph or greater from a tropical system are expected. High Wind Warnings were issued for the Midlands and Central Georgia for such situations prior to 2016.

Wind speeds in Williston could gust as high as 60 mph throughout the 24-hour period Monday.

The maximum temperature in Williston on Monday is projected to be 64°f. Rainfall is expected to be at 3 to 4 inches from Irma.

Tornados are also a big threat.

The Tropical Storm Warning is active right now in Allendale, Bulloch, Emanuel, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties. The Tropical Storm Warning will be active for the remaining 16 local counties beginning at 17:00.

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