Storm stirs up wind gusts, pea-sized hail
A cold front raced into the Lowcountry on Saturday afternoon, darkening skies with thunderclouds, blowing down trees and dropping pea-sized hail.
As it blew through, black clouds spun over downtown Charleston and unleashed a 52 mph gust on the Ravenel bridge and a 50 mph blast on the Don Holt Bridge.
National Weather Service radar also showed a possible tornado forming in the Adams Run area at 2:36 p.m. and issued a tornado warning, but no damage or sightings were reported, said Brett Cimbora, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
"We had a couple of reports of trees down and pea-sized hail, especially in Goose Creek and Hanahan," Cimbora said. Quarter-sized hail was reported between Columbia and Orangeburg, and trees were blown down in Parris Island.
A boat was stranded near Folly Beach, but all five on board were rescued without incident, said Folly Beach Police Chief Dennis Brown.
The cold front merged with a sea breeze to create the unstable weather.