Charleston in the Path of Intense Storms: Preparing for Friday’s Weather Emergency

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This Friday, Charleston and surrounding areas are bracing for a second potent low-pressure system, expected to bring strong winds, rain showers, and intense thunderstorms.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of South Carolina, including Charleston, under an enhanced risk for severe weather. This classification is the third highest in a five-tier system used by the center. The enhanced risk category warns of potential tornadoes, frequent lightning, damaging winds potentially over 58 mph, hail larger than 1 inch in diameter, and a higher chance of hailstones exceeding 2 inches.

The issuance of an enhanced risk warning is a serious matter, indicating meteorologists’ high confidence in the formation of widespread, potentially dangerous storms. These storms could cause significant damage or even loss of life.

Residents in areas under enhanced risk are advised to remain vigilant, be prepared to take shelter immediately, and ensure they have multiple methods to receive severe weather alerts.

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