Hamilton County in a tornado watch

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The weather service confirmed a tornado had been spotted at 2:43 p.m. over Saluda, 16 miles northwest of Batesburg, moving northeast at 50 mph.

A tornado warning for Lancaster, Elgin and Irwin was issued until 4:30 p.m., the Weather Service said.

The threat of severe weather is looming over the Grand Strand Wednesday afternoon, according to an update from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

Waterspouts over the Intracoastal are also possible and boaters are urged to keep a close eye on approaching storm from the southwest which could produce offshore gusts up to 35 knots.

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Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase across north and middle Georgia throughout late morning and continue into the afternoon. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong gusty winds, locally heavy rains and frequent deadly lightning strikes. The worst of the weather now is expected to affect regions further north, with the possibility of severe weather locally rising Wednesday. Isolated hail up to ping pong ball size is also possible.

A flash flood watch issued Tuesday was extended to midnight Wednesday.

The good news is that Panovich expects a break in the rain by Thursday morning. The Lowcountry can look forward to a hot and sunny Memorial Day weekend with highs in the 90s.

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