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Weather service issues storm warning, tornado watch for county

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County until 5:15 p.m., as well as a tornado watch for the surrounding areas until 9 p.m. today.

At 4:10 p.m., Doppler Radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms extending from Southpark Mall in Charlotte to 13 miles west of Winnsboro, moving northeast at 60 mph. The National Weather Service said those along the warning area could expect wind gusts up to 60 mph and penny-size hail.

A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.

Counties in the watch area include Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Union and York.

Residents are urged to report large hail, damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

You can also use www.Facebook.Com/US.Nationalweatherservice.Columbia.Gov to relay severe weather reports. 

Residents are urged to report large hail, damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

You can also use www.Facebook.Com/US.Nationalweatherservice.Columbia.Gov to relay severe weather reports.