Preparing for strong winds + storms

Meteorologists and weather forecasters are tracking winds, stormy conditions, and severe weather chances.

Map showing where windy conditions are expected.

Windy conditions and possible severe thunderstorms are expected on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Screenshot from Charleston, SC National Weather Service

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The Lowcountry is preparing for a storm system that could bring strong to severe thunderstorms, dangerous winds, the chance for isolated tornadoes, coastal flooding, high surf, and beach erosion. Local meteorologists say the main concern will be damaging wind gusts. Below is a timeline of what you can expect.


Things will start wet and windy, especially at the beaches. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for several areas, including Charleston and Tidal Berkeley counties until, 10 p.m. There are also wind advisories for all inland Lowcountry counties until 10 p.m. Forecasters say winds will blow steadily ~25-35 mph winds with periodic gusts up to ~60 mph.

Some road closures downtown aren’t out of the question. Winds could give the morning high tide an extra boost.


The winds will continue, but the morning rain is expected to temporarily lighten. There is a chance for a few pop-up storms.


The strongest winds and gusts are expected to arrive between 2 and 6 p.m. Tornadoes, tree damage, and downed powerlines are possible.

If a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in the center of a sturdy building on the lowest floor, and stay put until the warning is lifted.


After 7 p.m., winds may continue, but the storm is expected to move out of the Lowcountry.

Changes to school operations

Several Lowcountry school districts are moving to an e-learning day or closing because of today’s weather.

If you have to leave home today, listen to this message from Trooper Nick Pye.