Weather

Heavy rain predicted for days, Red Cross tips on how to avoid danger

Clouds over Columbia- Terry Ward photo. Tuesday is the beginning of a potential 10-day-long streak of rainy weather in the Midlands. Rainfall is expected to vary from light to heavy. With the possibility of bad weather, the American Red Cross is reminding South Carolinians to remain aware of conditions. According to a press release from the Red Cross, there are…

Lots of rain expected Monday and Tuesday

Expect lots of rain Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility of thunderstorms and some river flooding. The National Weather Service in Columbia is forecasting rain, with about a 100 percent chance most of Monday. Rain is also forecast for Tuesday, but the possibility will decrease to 50 percent by the middle of Tuesday. Rain totals for the Midlands could be…

Storm blows through, wreaks havoc in Richland, Lexington counties

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Severe weather, possible tornado, in Columbia forecast

A tornado watch has been issued for Columbia and parts of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The tornado watch is valid until 7 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service’s Columbia office issued the tornado watch, Sunday. In addition, a line of thunderstorms are predicted to move in and produce strong, damaging gusts of wind, and the possibility of…

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Richland and Lexington counties

NWS-Columbia graphic. There is a prediction for “wintry precipitation” at several locations in South Carolina, Wednesday. And the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Richland and Lexington counties, in addition to Kershaw, Edgefield, Columbia, McCormick, Newberry, Fairfield, Saluda and Lee counties. the advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory means…

SCE&G natural gas customers break energy use record

Recent extreme cold weather in South Carolina has driven SCE&G natural gas customers to use record amounts of natural gas, much like the record usage the company saw with electric customers. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, SCE&G customers used 345,736 dekatherms of natural gas, breaking the utility’s previous record of 331,233 dekatherms. SCE&G employees worked in freezing temperatures, snow and ice…

Snow expected in Columbia, advisory issued

NWS-Columbia Image The National Weather Service has revised its winter weather advisories to include Richland and Lexington counties, until 10 p.m. Forecasts call for snow to begin to fall around 2 p.m. and it could be more than an inch, locally. The winter weather advisory is in effect for Aiken, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties, too. A Winter Weather Advisory for…

Richland County offices, State Museum, Main Street Ice, Richland Library closing due to weather

Ice and snow covering an Irmo road  (file photo by Allen Wallace) Due to inclement weather, Richland County Government offices will close at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 3, with the exception of essential personnel. Emergency officials continue monitoring weather models forecasting the possibility of snow across the Midlands later this afternoon and into Wednesday evening. Today’s early release is…

Richland 1 schools dismissing early because of snow possibility

Due to the forecast for severe weather and as a safety precaution, Richland One schools will dismiss students early Wednesday. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Middle schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. High schools will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. In addition to the early school dismissals, the following Richland One programs and activities are canceled for Wednesday: All after-school programs, including after-school child care,…

Cold, with above normal precipitation, predicted for Thursday night and early Friday

NWS-Columbia 6-to-10-day weather map- Click to enlarge For Thursday and Friday, there is  the potential for wintry precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. There are cold temperatures forecast for Columbia later this week, “and above normal precipitation are in our future,” according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. Also from the NWS Columbia:  “Sunshine and highs…

Photo gallery – Fall in beautiful colors around Columbia

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Coldest air of the fall coming to Richland, Lexington counties on Sunday

NWS image- click to enlarge Cold air is coming to Richland and Lexington counties from Canada, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.  The cold air is poised to come to the midlands late this weekend. The predicted low for Sunday night is 36. Patchy frost possible early next week according to the NWS. But Friday is expected to…

Tornado watch issued for several SC counties, including Richland and Lexington

A tornado watch has been issued – by the National Weather Service – for parts of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina until 9 PM EDT. Several Midlands counties are included in the tornado watch, including Richland and Lexington.

More fall-like weather expected to move in this week

The weather is expected to change considerably Monday. A cold front is approaching Richland and Lexington counties. It will bring a chance for rain and storms Monday. High temperatures are forecast to be in the lower to middle 70s. The change is coming after high temperatures Sunday were in the upper 80s with sunny skies. The rain Monday is expected…

It could take SCE&G up to 5 days to restore all power outages

Keller Kissam at SCE&G press conference Tuesday. SCE&G estimates that about 45,000 customers were still without power around midday Tuesday. At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, close to 36,000 still had not gotten their power restored. It could take days to fully restore power in the Midlands, said Keller Kissam, SCE&G’s president of retail operations during a Tuesday press conference in…

Complications in Lexington, Lexington County from storm

Town of Lexington (LPD photo) Businesses in the 5600 block of Sunset Blvd. are experiencing power outages due to a pole with transformers and power lines down in a parking lot. And Sunset Boulevard , between North Lake Drive and Old Cherokee Road,  has been closed by Lexington Police due to hazards in the road. 100 Duchess Trail (Lexington County…

More than 12,000 in Lexington County without power, 4,500 in Richland County

More than 10,000 households were without power in Lexington County around 3:30 p.m. Monday. More than 4,500 homes in Richland County did not have power at that time, according to SCE&G’s online outage map. Click for link to SCE&G outage map Statewide more than 137,000 homes were without power. And the number was increasing Almost 70,000 of those were Charleston…

Gov. rescinds hospital evacuation for some counties, delays announcement on residents

Gov. Henry McMaster, at a Friday afternoon news conference, rescinded an order for the evacuation of Charleston, Georgetown Dorchester, Berkeley, and Horry county healthcare facilities, that includes hospitals, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. McMaster had ordered the evacuation Thursday, but he eliminated those counties from the order because of a change, westward, in the expected track of Hurricane Irma. The…

Hurricane Irma center tracking west of Midlands, winds could begin Sunday night or Monday

The latest National Hurricane Center forecast track for Hurricane Irma has the center of the storm going west of Lexington and Richland counties. According to the National Weather Service in Columbia, tropical storm force winds – that would be up to 45 mph- could begin as early as Sunday night, but more likely Monday into Monday night, based on the…

Hurricane Irma, if it comes, would be early next week, say forecasters

Major Hurricane Irma remains a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, with sustained winds of 185 mph, according to the National Weather Service office in Columbia. The hurricane, on Thursday morning, is on a course for the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane.  Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Greater Antilles and…