Storm to bring coastal flooding, threat for severe weather Wednesday

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Update December 2:

Here's updated info on the storm.

First reporting:

A potent storm system is expected to make a rough go of Wednesday in the Charleston area.

National Weather Service Charleston has placed the coastal areas under a Coastal Flood Watch starting late tonight into Wednesday morning.  The onset of heavy rain and strong onshore winds is expected to coincide with time of high tide Wednesday morning (7:30 am).  NWS Charleston is concerned that tides may reach as high as 7.8 feet; if this happens, chances are good for significant flooding in Downtown and other low-lying areas during rush hour.

The storm system will also bring with it an enhanced threat of severe weather.  The Storm Prediction Center currently has Charleston in a slight risk area for severe weather.  SPC sees damaging winds as the primary threat, and cannot rule out isolated tornadoes in the Southeast tomorrow.

Here's how to stay informed on this evolving and unusual-but-not-unprecedented December weather event:

  • Monitor the #chswx hashtag using Collecta.  Local media use this hashtag for Charleston weather topics, and if you see weather news breaking, tweet with the hashtag.
  • Follow @chswx on Twitter.  @chswx will notify you of watches and warnings, as well as tweet any ongoing severe weather.
  • Follow the Charleston Meteorologists Twitter list.  This list consists of all broadcast meteorologists in the Charleston area that are on Twitter.  This list will often quickly relay traffic info, storm reports, as well as watches and warnings.


Update December 1:

You don't have to take Jared's word for it, NBC News 2 largely backs up his sayings.


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