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Columbia man dies after tree falls on him during storm, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:20 p.m., when a storm passing through the area caused a tree to fall on him. The incident occurred at 3011 Columbia Ave., in Columbia. According to Watts, George William Lebby, 61, of Columbia Avenue, was sitting in his back yard when the…

Severe weather possibe Thursday afternoon

If you have any outside chores, get them done in the morning. Severe weather, with strong wind gusts, is possible in Richland and Lexington counties this afternoon, into the early evening hours. Thunderstorms are possible, ahead of a front that will approach the area Thursday. Some of the storms could be severe. The storms are expected to form around 2…

SC Forestry Commission issues Red Flag Fire Alert

Congaree National Park photo. The South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a Red Flag Fire Alert Wednesday for the state. The alert takes effect immediately and aims to prevent wildfires. The Commission is discouraging people from burning anything outdoors, since current weather conditions present an elevated risk for wildfires. Specifically, over the next three days, low relative humidity is in the…

Memorial Day is going to be a hot one

NWS-Columbia image. After a very hot weekend, with highs up to 100 degrees, the forecast is for more 100 degrees days this week. Memorial Day, high temperatures will be in the upper 90s and lower 100° range. High temperatures will be near record levels through Thursday. Look for temperatures in the upper 90s and up to 100. Low temperatures will…

Severe weather expected Friday

Severe weather is expected in the Midlands Friday, from a powerful storm system that is predicted to move through South Carolina. Expect showers and thunderstorms. The storms will be strong, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. The storm is forecast to move into Western Lexington County initially, then into the central Midlands of Lexington, Richland and the surrounding…

Inclement weather causes tree to fall on house

IMG_3766 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_3765 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_3764 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. Severe weather in Lexington County caused a large tree to fall on a house Friday afternoon. The tree, which was taller than the two-story house, fell sometime around 2 p.m. The residents of the house were not home at the time, and…

Congaree National Park experiences significant flooding, rainfall totals above average

floodplain Show Caption Hide Caption congaree-park-2 Show Caption Hide Caption congaree-park-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Congaree National Park walkway. Right photo shows additional amount of flooding that occurred 24 hours after left photo was taken. Photos from CNP Twitter. The Midlands has experienced a lot of rain this week.  According to the National Weather Service, between the last few fronts…

Portion of West Columbia Riverwalk closed temporarily due to flooding

Riverwalk between Klapman and Gervais Street Bridge. File Photo Portions of the West Columbia Riverwalk Park are closed until further notice due to flooding. The area from the Gervais Street Bridge to the Moffatt Street entrance are closed until further notice due high water in that area. Once the flood waters subside and the Riverwalk path is clear again, the…

Columbia’s Coldstream community experiences significant flooding (with photo gallery)

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Wind and rain prominent as storm passes through – video links included

Tropical Storm Michael is passing over South Carolina Thursday. Heavy rain has been falling overnight. With the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia, the primary concerns will be: – Wind gusts to 55 mph – Isolated tornadoes – Heavy rain with accumulations up to 4 inches Click link below to see video of Video of water overflowing…

Michael reduces to tropical storm with winds still reported up to 70 mph

Photo from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Michael made landfall along the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm Wednesday afternoon, and is continuing to push inland across the southeastern U.S. Accuweather.com reported the hurricane hit Florida and Mexico Beach with wind gusts over 100 mph during the height of the storm.  The National Weather service said the storm…

Richland, Lexington counties tropical storm watch upgraded to warning, West Columbia school to close

Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a Category 4 storm overnight. Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, Wednesday. It will progress, forecasters said, and it’s on track toward South Carolina. A tropical storm watch was issued late Tuesday afternoon, and is in effect for the counties of: Lexington, Richland, Calhoun, Clarendon, Sumter, and Lee until Friday morning. The…

Congaree National Park closing until further notice due to incoming storms

Photo from Congaree National Park’s Facebook page. Congaree National Park officials released information Tuesday, notifying guests that the park will be closing tomorrow until further notice, due to incoming storms. Their website notification reads: “Due to the forecast approach and impacts of Hurricane Michael, Congaree National Park, including all campgrounds, facilities, trails and canoe landings, will close at 5 p.m….

Hurricane Michael expected to bring rain and wind gusts to Richland, Lexington counties

Michael-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Michael-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Michael-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Hurricane Michael has gotten stronger as it comes toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm’s eventual path will bring it into South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service office in Columbia. Forecasters at the the National Hurricane Center expect Michael will potentially move into…

South Carolina High School League extends football season after Hurricane Florence

Conway High School’s football stadium, after Hurricane Florence. Photo from Conway Tigers Football Twitter. As expected, the SC High School League has added an extra football week. The committee voted 18-0 Tuesday to move Week 4, postponed by Hurricane Florence, to Nov. 2. This pushes back the start of the playoffs to Nov. 9 and the “Weekend of Champions” to…

Congaree River not expected to reach flood stage from storm runoff

The River Alliance is monitoring the water level of the Congaree River. By Sunday afternoon, a River Alliance report estimated the central Midlands had received 2-to-3 inches of rainfall associated with Hurricane Florence.  Some additional rain was expected, but estimates were that it would be less than an inch. River Alliance personnel said no significant flash flooding has been detected…

Storm moving through slowly – Richland, Lexington schools can reopen

Tropical Storm Florence continued to weaken and move through Richland and Lexington counties late Saturday. The two-county area has received 2-4 inches of rain. Wind gusts were recorded to be around 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service, Columbia Columbia is no longer under a tropical storm warning, but a flash flood watch was in effect, as rain continued…

Tree down, causes road closure in Gilbert

Lexington County Twitter photo Lexington County officials reported a road closure around 5:50 p.m. Friday afternoon in Gilbert.  A downed tree blocked the roadway on the 300 block of Wyatt Way. No injuries were reported.  Both lanes of the road were closed directly following the incident.  As of 6 p.m., an update was provided via Twitter:  “LCFS and Public Works…

Richland County opening pet-friendly shelter to house animals during hurricane

Tanner Sullivan photo. (Instagram: yourfavoritecats) In an effort to assist Hurricane Florence evacuees with pets, Richland County Government will be opening a pet-friendly shelter to house dogs and cats during the weather emergency. The Richland County Emergency Pet Facility, at 3216 Broad River Road, is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Friday. The site is across the street from the…

Lexington County Emergency Operations Center enters OPCON 3, flooding and tornadoes possible

Karamie Sullivan- file photo Lexington County officials reported Friday morning their Emergency Operations Center has entered “operational condition three,” which is a partial activation of the county’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence. OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to be ready for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of…

Riverbanks Zoo closing in preparation for Hurricane Florence

Female lion Thabisa with her three cubs. Picture retrieved from Riverbanks Zoo Facebook page. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden released an announcement Thursday afternoon regarding their decision for the facility in relation to Hurricane Florence. “Because of the predicted path of Hurricane Florence, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closed to the public Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16,” read…

Hurricane evacuee gets pinned under vehicle when driver runs into Prosperity Wendy’s

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster reported Wednesday night that first responders received an unusual call. A Hurricane Florence evacuee drove their vehicle through the front doors and glass of the Prosperity Wendy’s, on Highway 773.  Another evacuee became pinned under the vehicle and rubble, according to Foster. “Great work by first responders.  The Lord was with all because only three…