Strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes are possible Friday when a cold front pushes across the Carolinas, said Reid Hawkins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., and a tornado watch is in effect for Brunswick County, N.C., and Horry and Georgetown counties until 4 p.m. Friday.
A strong surface low over the Great Lakes will move northward across Ontario pushing the cold front across North and South Carolina, he said. Strong or severe thunderstorms are likely and damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible.
Hawkins said the storms will reach western portions of the area as early as 9 a.m. and will continue to the coast through 7 p.m.
“With recent ice storms many trees have been weakened,” Hawkins said. “Strong winds will have the potential to cause more downed trees and power lines and additional power outages across the region.”
High temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s. Forecasters are calling for at least one-tenth inch of new rain. Friday night’s low will be around 45.