Tornado watch issued for area

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the midlands of SC.

Walton and surrounding counties are under a tornado watch until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

If a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service, a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

Some of these storms may become severe, with primary risks of large hail over one inch in diameter, and damaging wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, the NWS said.

No serious injuries were reported when the tornado touched down three times in Sampson County late Tuesday afternoon.

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office said just before 4 p.m. that down trees and power lines have closed "several" roads in the county.

The National Weather Service isn't predicting much of a chance of rain throughout today.

Along with the damaging wind, hail and tornado threat right along the warm front, heavy rain is likely everywhere. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. A tornado watch is now in place for North Florida until 3 PM due to active weather across portions of the Panhandle. The storms were expected to bring the threat of flash flooding.

The risk for severe weather will be the greatest through 11 p.m. However, additional showers and storms are possible during the afternoon.

Skies are expected to clear Friday with sunshine and highs in the 80s.