Monday, March 17, 2008

Saturday's Storms... More for Wednesday?

North Carolina missed out on the worst of the weather this weekend, but it was a much different story for our neighbors to the south in South Carolina where numerous tornadoes were reported Saturday afternoon and evening.

Two of the South Carolina tornadoes have been rated as EF-3 tornadoes by the National Weather Service. Here's a look at some damage done by one of those EF-3 tornadoes in the small town of Prosperity, which is located northwest of Columbia.


(Pictures taken from WKDK Radio-Newberry website -- http://www.wkdk.com/)

I spent much of Saturday afternoon watching radar of the supercell thunderstorms that produced these tornadoes. No doubt, these were very unusual storms for the Carolinas. It seemed like I was watching radar of storms in Oklahoma instead of South Carolina.

This weekend's tornado outbreak may bring back memories to some of the Carolina's Outbreak of 1984. On March 28, 1984 tornadoes ripped across the northern Midlands of South Carolina into Sandhills and eastern North Carolina. That outbreak was even more intense than Saturday's with several F3 and F4 tornadoes reported in North Carolina. Fifty-seven people were killed during that outbreak across the Carolinas.

Looking ahead, we do not see a set up for another large severe weather event this week, but some strong to severe storms will be possible Wednesday ahead of a cold front moving across the state. The Storm Prediction Center has now placed all of the Carolinas under a "slight risk" for severe weather on Wednesday.



For more on Saturday's storms and the threat for more storms on Wednesday, check out this morning's video blog posted below...


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