Severe weather still possible for Charleston area tonight

Severe thunderstorms with high winds remain a possibility for the Lowcountry tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

High winds tore up sections of North Carolina earlier today, and the system was moving southeast. Around 4 p.m., the Weather Service said storms could move into Berkeley and Dorchester counties between 9 and 11 p.m. and into Charleston between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Meteorologists were forecasting a 30 percent chance of winds up to 70 mph in upper Berkeley County and a 15 percent chance of damaging winds closer to Charleston and to the south.

Meteorologists were still watching the approaching cold front at 8:30 p.m.

“We’re certainly not out of the woods yet,” Steve Rowley with the National Weather Service Charleston’s office said. “There’s still a slight risk of severe thunderstorms. We’re still keeping a real close eye on it.”

The good news is that the cold front will break the heat and humidity that has been making the Lowcountry a sauna the last few days.

The mercury reached 96 at the Charleston International Airport Thursday, the hottest day of the year so far. It was 95 degrees Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 80s Friday, with much lower humidity.

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