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Flood watch issued for Lancaster County until Monday evening

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for 18 central South Carolina counties including Lancaster until 8 p.m. Monday, July 1.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding, based on current forecasts. 

According to the weather service, numerous showers and thunderstorms in the upcoming hours will produce periods of heavy rain.

At 2 p.m. Monday, a band of strong thundersstorms extended from Tennesee through Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala., and southward into the Gulf of Mexico.  

The potential exists for rainfall in excess of 2 inches per hour as a band of storms move across through Georgia and the Carolinas later today. Flooding is possible Monday evening in poor drainage and low lying areas, as well as along creeks and streams, the weather service said.

The weather service is urging those who live in the areas to stay alert for possible flood warnings and take appropriate action should flooding develop.