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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Oconee and Anderson Counties

Residents of Oconee and Anderson counties are urged to take caution as a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the area.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Justice from WYFF News Four reports that the storm is currently moving through the region, heading towards downtown Anderson and the surrounding areas, including Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee.

The warning, which is in effect until 5:00 PM, highlights the potential for large hail, measuring over an inch in diameter, as well as wind speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to impact Westminster, located south of Clemson, where preparations are underway for a baseball game later in the evening.

However, it is anticipated that the game will proceed as planned during breaks between the passing storms.

The storm’s path extends through Utica, Townville, Pendleton, and North Lake, with a radar return indicating the likelihood of significant hail between Oak and Westminster, possibly reaching sizes larger than a golf ball.

The storm is projected to move south of Clemson and over Pendleton, before continuing towards North Lake around 4:55 PM.

Although the storm poses a higher risk for severe weather in this area, additional storm activity is also expected near Travelers Rest, Knoxville, and East Tennessee.

The region from Greenville to Asheville falls under a medium risk for severe weather over the next few hours.

After the initial band of storms passes, another round of lightning and heavy rain is predicted once the sun sets.

With temperatures hovering around 86 degrees in Greenville and 83 degrees in Asheville, the atmosphere remains warm and humid, contributing to the storm’s intensity.

Residents are advised to stay updated on weather conditions and be prepared for loud thunder, lightning, and potential disruptions during the evening.

Parents should be aware that their children may seek shelter in their rooms during the stormy night.

For further updates and information, tune in to WYFF News Four for the latest weather reports.

Stay safe and remain weather aware during this severe thunderstorm event.

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