Looks like some pretty heavy weather headed into Upstate SC, North GA, East Tennessee, and Western NC overnight tonight and Tuesday morning. Storms may be severe with damaging wind and up to 2.25 inches of rain. A lake wind advisory has also been issued for the region through 6 a.m. Tuesday 4/5/11. There are tornado watches and warnings popping up in several locations and these are often accompanied by hail. Stay on top of the weather as best you can.
This may not affect this weekend’s fishing much, but Tuesday could be out of the question. Once again we’ll have to see what the weather really does over the next few hours.
***Update 6:40 a.m. EDT 4/5/2011***
Most of the severe weather is now approaching the coast of SC. The first storms hit my area around 4:00 a.m. which prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for several communities. We saw some good wind and lightening with that one, and the National Weather Service had also indicated some rotation within this line of storms but no confirmed tornadoes on the ground at this time.
The next line moved through around 5:45 a.m. also prompting another severe thunderstorm warning. We witnessed heavy rain, lots of lightening, and wind in excess of 50 mph. This is the line currently making its way towards coast. Some severe weather warnings remain in effect for that area along with special marine advisories
Stream levels in the Upstate made a significant spike earlier in the night, but are starting to level off and should begin dropping soon. Looks like streams in East Tennessee made the biggest move. The Little River near Townsend, TN jumped up to about 4,500 CFS and the average discharge is 352 CFS. Levels didn’t increase that significantly in North GA, Upstate SC, and Western NC.