Forecasters warn of high winds sweeping across San Diego County

Students workers statewide to practice tornado drills during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Students workers statewide to practice tornado drills during Severe Weather Awareness Week

An ugly weekend weather forecast also could be a risky one, with 2-4 inches of rainfall Saturday bringing flooding potential and severe storms possible.

Locals are encouraged to watch and be prepared for severe weather.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

The strongest storms will produce heavy rain, hail and damaging wind gusts. The squall line is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally heavier amounts, and winds of 30-40 miles per hour.

Those heading the RBC Heritage tournament Sunday should keep an eye on the weather as strong thunderstorms including the chance of high winds, hail and isolated tornadoes are a possibility in the afternoon. Another dozen outages were reported in Colleton County.

On Thursday, simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems.

The watch will be issued at 1:00 pm and the warnings will be issued at 1:45 pm.

Closer to the metro area, a tornado in Copiah County seventeen miles southwest of Hazlehurst roared its way through the county for a little over two miles.

Another storm system moving through the valley late this week could bring some rain, according to the weather service. Flooding is listed as a lesser threat, with the exception of localized flooding from periods of heavy rain. The tornado moving at 90 miles per hour downed trees and lines in the southwestern part of the county, no injuries were reported. Multiple rounds of severe storms are expected across this region. The best chance for whiteouts will be late Friday night there.

We will continue to update this story as the forecast changes.

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