Severe storms could bring trouble to Aiken area today

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:21 a.m.

A dangerous storm system is threatening to cause problems in the Aiken area after wreaking havoc and taking human lives in Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and elsewhere.

“People need to stay alert and keep up with what is going on,” said Chris Liscinsky, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Conditions will be wet and possibly treacherous today.

“Probably, from late morning through much of the day, there are going to be on and off showers and thunderstorms,” Liscinsky said. “There is a high likelihood that some of those will be severe. There could be some small hail and wind gusts of more than 60 miles an hour during some of the stronger storms. There also will be an isolated threat of tornadoes. This all will last probably until the late evening hours.”

The potential for trouble also will be high on Wednesday.

“There's a good chance that there is going to be another round of severe weather during portions of the morning and early in the afternoon, and we can't rule out an isolated tornado,” Liscinsky said. “Hopefully, by late afternoon and into the evening, some of this stuff should start pushing to the east of the area.”

The storm system is expected to generate a little more than two inches of rain locally.

“This is our first possible big round of severe weather this spring, so we are telling people, if they have weather radios, to make sure that their batteries are good,” Liscinsky said. “They also need to make sure that they've got batteries for their flashlights. In addition, they should have a severe weather plan, so that if we issue a warning, they'll know where to go for safety.”

Today, there is an 50 percent chance of precipitation during the day and an 80 percent chance tonight. The chance of rain on Wednesday is 70 percent.

Dede Biles is a reporter for the Aiken Standard.

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