Severe weather on the way

From staff reportsApril 29, 2014 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, WILMINGTON, N.C.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., continue to monitor severe weather that’s expected to reach Horry County on Wednesday afternoon.

David Loewenthal, a forecaster with the NWS, said the chances of tornadoes and hail have decreased, but damaging wind gusts around 20 mph are likely.

The risk for storms with hail and damaging winds remains, as well as isolated thunderstorms with isolated chances of tornadoes, he said.

Myrtle Beach is likely to see up to a half inch of rain on Wednesday with isolated areas reaching as high as an inch, Loewenthal said.

He said the biggest rainfall totals will occur Thursday as the rain persists overnight.

The American Red Cross suggested downloading the agency’s tornado app ahead of the storm as well as selecting a place family members can gather such as a basement, center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor.

Additionally the Red Cross shared the following tips:

• Move or secure lawn furniture, hanging plants and trash cans or anything else that can be picked up by the wind.

• Watch for tornado danger signs which include dark, greenish clouds, a cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or roaring noise.

• Residents in mobile homes should find a sturdy shelter before the tornado is in view.

• If someone is caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement or sturdy building. If in a vehicle, buckle up and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If debris is flying while driving, park, stay in the vehicle and duck below the window with the head covered.

For more safety tips, visit redcross.org.

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