More thunderstorms on the way

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG — After days of heavy thunderstorms, Scotland County could see even more storms over the next few days.

The National Weather Service said the rain and thunder is likely to continue through Thursday.

The county will see isolated showers throughout today and thunderstorms into the evening.

The high winds and rain that swept across the county over the past couple days have littered the roads with leaves and branches, even striking one down at St. Andrew’s University near the Scotsman statue. The tree is split in the middle which was probably caused by lighting.

“No one has reported anything severe,” said Scotland County Emergency Management Coordinator Roylin Hammond. “There have been some trees on power lines causing outages and some trees down but nothing too bad.”

In surrounding counties, there have been reports of hail along with the high winds and thunderstorms but no reports of extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, according to Jonathan Blaes a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

“While the storms have not been too extreme or widespread we have had a lot of reports,” Blaes told The Exchange. “There hasn’t been widespread damage, but the storms have been more active than normal summertime showers.”

Blaes says that typically during the summer months. the area will get around four inches of rain per month, but from Sunday to Monday the area received around 0.4 inches of rain and Monday to Tuesday had around 2.9 inches of rain.

“With these summer storms you can go five miles away from one spot that had two inches of rain to somewhere that had none,” Blaes said. “The storms are all over the place and slow moving so every area varies on how much rain they get.”

The rains come after a dry spell in the Carolinas.

“We needed the rain, we’ve been in a drought,” said Shannon Newton, agriculture and horticulture area agent with the Scotland County Cooperative Extension. “Due to the ground being so dry the water tends to run off into creeks, which can cause flooding, but once the ground gets wet it will start soaking up the water.”

After the heavy thunderstorms, the rain turned into a gentler rain which is better for the crops, according to Newton.

“Heavy rain and wind can lodge crops such as corn,” Newton said. “I haven’t heard of any thing like that happening in the area that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any damage.”

The rain pushed the temperatures down, but the heat is picking right back up as the weekend moves closer.

“As we head into Friday through Sunday there are highs 90’s and with the heat index reaching up to 105 degrees,” Blaes said. “While right now we can’t say there will most likely have a heat advisory then.”

Hammond encourages people to stay alert during the storms.

“Be attentive to weather forecasts and media, in the event of severe thunderstorms seek shelter,” Hammond said. “Historically thunderstorms bring lightning and lightning can be very dangerous.”

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By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171.

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171.