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The calm skies after Florence did not last long.
Much of the Carolinas was forecast to see severe weather Thursday, with “lines and clusters of thunderstorms this afternoon across the foothills and Piedmont of the Carolinas and northeast Georgia,” according to the National Weather Service.
The nasty weather materialized in the form of a tornado, which was spotted in Anderson County, SC, WeatherNation reported in a tweet that was shared by the NWS.
A hazardous weather outlook was issued by the NWS Greenville-Spartanburg, warning of “clusters of thunderstorms,” which forecast “damaging downburst and outflow windsalong with large hail.”
For central North Carolina east to the coast — including areas still inundated by Florence’s floodwaters — the weather service expected strong to severe thunderstorms, and said earlier in the day a tornado was possible.
“The primary severe weather hazard will be locally damaging wind gusts. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, mainly along and north of Highway 64,” the weather service said.
The threat was expected to be highest between 4 and 11 p.m., according to the weather service.
Along the coast, “rainfall amounts may be enough to result in localized flooding,” the weather service said, and “damaging wind gusts” are the “primary threat.”
For the Piedmont, western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and northeast Georgia, the weather service said the greatest threats would be damaging ground-level, straight-line winds and gusts along with “large hail.” Cloud-to-ground lighting also “will be quite frequent” in the stronger storm cells.
A flash flood watch was issued for much of western North Carolina.