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LIVE NOW: Tornado warnings expire, some tornado watches remain in effect

ByLive 5 Web Staff|April 12, 2020 at 10:15 AM EDT - Updated April 13 at 9:16 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Tornado warnings have expired across the Lowcountry, but some counties remain under tornado watches until 11 a.m.

The latest tornado warning, for Charleston County, expired at 9 a.m.

Earlier tornado warnings that include portions of Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties have been canceled.

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The National Weather Service reported confirmed damage in and around Walterboro including numerous downed trees and power lines and damage to several structures, most likely caused by a tornado.

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Tornado watch until 11 a.m.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 11 a.m. for Beaufort, Charleston and Georgetown Counties.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur.

Make sure you keep your smartphones, cell phones and tablets charged in case of power outages in the area.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Monday as a First Alert Weather Day because of the chance of potentially severe storms Monday morning.

The Lowcountry is under an enhanced risk for severe storms. Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and hail are the primary threats.

There is a high risk for rip currents along the South Carolina beaches Monday.

The threat comes as an area of low pressure with a warm and cold front will move closer to the area Sunday afternoon.

A strong cold front will increase the storm threat through Monday morning and possibly into the afternoon.

Storms will move out by the evening hours with dry conditions Tuesday. Another shower chance pushes in on Wednesday.

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