Charleston, Colleton counties under severe thunderstorm warning

Crepuscular rays emerging from top of severe thunderstorm in eastern Charleston County. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 5 p.m.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service Charleston extended a severe thunderstorm warning today for parts of Charleston and Colleton counties until 5 p.m.

At 4:11 p.m., strong thunderstorms were found along a line extending from near Green Pond, to Adams Run, to Wadmalaw Island moving southwest at 10 mph.

Strong winds of 45-55 mph are expected along with risk of minor damage from tree limbs and blowing debris.

Edisto Beach, Hollywood, Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, Meggett, Rockville, Edisto Island and Yonges Island lie in the path of the storms.

The National Weather Service advises people to move off beaches and get into automobiles or into another secure structure to avoid lightning strikes.

Report damage to the Charleston National Weather Service at 1-888-383-2024 when conditions are safe. Reports can also be emailed to nws.charlestonsc@noaa.gov.

EARLIER: The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for portions of Charleston and Colleton counties until 4:15 p.m.

At 3:41 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 7 miles northeast of Walterboro to 12 miles south of Slands Bridge, moving south at 15 mph.

Hazards are 60 mph wind gusts. Expect damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Locations impacted include Walterboro, Hollywood, Ravenel, Meggett, Cottageville, Round O, Ashepoo and Ritter.

EARLIER: There’s a chance of another afternoon downpour in the Charleston area today, but those lingering rain clouds should clear out by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today should be partly sunny, with a high near 94 and a 30 percent chance of a thunderstorm after noon, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the latest forecast through the weekend:

Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 93, heat index 101, chance of thunderstorms after 3 p.m.

Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 95.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, high near 95.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.