Residents encouraged to remain aware of potentially severe weather Wednesday

Meteorologists are encouraging Lowcountry residents to monitor the weather closely Wednesday as the potential for severe storms moves through the area.

The parent storm-system responsible for wreaking havoc in southern states Tuesday is the same one bringing the potential for severe weather to the Charleston area Wednesday, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist James Carpenter. The Associated Press reported at least three dead in seven tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Carpenter described the impending weather as a line of thunderstorms with some strong super-cells that will move from the west to the east Wednesday. He said the storms, which carry a slight risk of severe weather, will enter the western most Georgia area as early as 7 to 9 a.m. and is expected to exit Charleston between 1 and 3 p.m.

“It’s definitely a day to remain aware of the weather,” Carpenter said, encouraging people to keep on a weather radio and monitor the forecast.

The system is expected to move through the area quickly, he said. The biggest threats Wednesday will be wind gusts and a chance of isolated tornadoes. Winds are forecast to be between 25 and 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, making it difficult to travel, according to the Weather Service.

Horry and Georgetown county schools officials announced on Tuesday that schools would close Wednesday due to the severe weather threat.

Charleston County School District announced late Tuesday that it would be working with the county’s Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather Service to monitor weather, but schools remained open Wednesday.

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