Tornado watch issued for Monroe, Randolph counties

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          Tornado Watch issued for parts of Central Texas        Tornado watches are issued when favorable conditions exist for tornadoes to form

A watch means the conditions are right for a tornado to potentially form, but one has not been spotted yet.

According to the National Weather Service, a cold front is expected to bring severe thunderstorms into the Western Carolinas and across the Eastern Carolinas during the day.

All modes of severe weather will be possible: large hail, damaging winds, a few tornadoes and flash flooding.

Strong winds are expected, with gusts up to 35-40 miles per hour and sustained winds of 15-20 miles per hour. "Pick up any lightweight objects around the yard and use caution on the roads". This line of storms will move from northwest to southeast across the area Friday evening through Friday night. A hard freeze is expected with overnight lows in the mid-20s.

Santee Electric Coop reported 180 customers without power in Williamsburg County.

Although thunderstorms are possible Monday morning into Monday Afternoon, they are not expected to be severe at this time, the forecast said. Thursday, schools, businesses, and families took part in a statewide tornado drill. If a tornado has touched down, or is spotted, a tornado warning will be put in place. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings.

Heavy rain is another possibility, forecasters say. There's also a chance for isolated tornadoes and waterspouts.

The bullseye of severe weather on Sunday is a portion of the Carolinas including the Rock Hill area, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

The national weather service reports, on average, there are 23 tornadoes in Wisconsin each year.

We encourage you to stay up to date with the latest updates into the weekend as new information becomes available.

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