Thinking about a midnight stroll tonight? Thunderstorms may change your plans

It’s possible the Grand Strand could experience thunderstorms before heading into the weekend.

The National Weather Service is calling for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the Myrtle Beach area late Thursday night.

Stephen Keebler with the NWS in Wilmington said the Carolinas region could experience a threat of wind gusts up to 60 mph with some hail possible, as a cold front moves through.

The Grand Strand may experience thunderstorms about midnight Thursday, Keebler said.

A beach hazards statement is in effect for coastal Horry and Georgetown counties through 8 p.m. Thursday. The NWS encourages swimmers to take caution. It’s possible winds Thursday afternoon on the beach could reach between 15 and 20 mph, according to the weather service.

“Longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents, piers, jetties, and other hazardous areas,” the statement reads. “Often, if the longshore current is strong enough, it will sweep swimmers off their feet, making it difficult to return to shore.”

Sunny skies are predicted from Friday and the weekend, the NWS reports. High temperatures of about 90 degrees are predicted with low temperatures in the mid 70s, according to the NWS.

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