Lowcountry weather alert: Tornadoes, hail, unsafe storms threaten Beaufort County

Meteorologists say the coastal part of the Lowcountry, including Hilton Head Island, is at the greatest risk for seeing severe storms on Tuesday.

The Weather Channel released an updated prediction for the weather and tweeted Monday afternoon that the “TORCON” level for northern Alabama was up to 7.

Preparations: Please take time to review your severe weather safety plan. The term was developed by a Weather Channel weather expert Greg Forbes. Areas in Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach could see strong thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, and hail Monday and Tuesday.

“Have a way to be aware of alerts and warnings”, he said.

A severe outbreak of tornadoes began lashing parts of the South overnight and were likely to continue through Tuesday, the National Weather Service warned. At 10:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for all of Cobb County until 11:15 p.m.

“While many parts of IN continue to experience flooding and damage from February, the arrival of spring historically brings a greater threat of severe weather IN the region”, said IDHS Director Bryan Langley. The dangers include damaging wind gusts, hail, frequent lightning and potentially tornadoes, Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The threatened storms come one day before the official start of spring, and are “by far the most impressive setup we’ve seen so far this year”, said Kurt Weber, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Huntsville, Alabama. “There is also high confidence of straight-line winds and moderately high confidence in tornadoes”. Also, as this frontal system moves across the midstate this afternoon, strong to severe thunderstorms will develop along and just ahead of the frontal boundary.

Storms late Monday night, severe weather possible