The National Weather Service has placed Sumter County and surrounding areas under a Hazardous Weather Outlook forecast for the weekend, warning area residents about the possibility of dangerous thunderstorms and conditions capable of producing tornadoes.
According to the NWS forecast, thunderstorms associated with a low pressure system entering the area from the southwest could occur starting Saturday afternoon and continue through the night. The forecast warns of potential damaging winds with possible tornadoes, as well as large hail and localized flooding being possible.
As of Saturday afternoon, he strongest thunderstorms are expected to arrive in the Sumter area around 3 a.m. Sunday.
While no official warnings or watches had been issued for Sumter County as of Saturday afternoon, the NWS says the same forecast holds true for Sunday. As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties were under Tornado Watches until 7 p.m. as the same weather pattern enters those counties.