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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Bamberg, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Bamberg, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Bamberg native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Bamberg, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Bamberg's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Bamberg.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Bamberg?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Bamberg, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Bamberg, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Bamberg, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Bamberg, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Bamberg, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Storm brings large hail, widespread power outages to Augusta area

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Strong storms moved through the CSRA on Friday afternoon and evening, downing trees and power lines and dropping hail across the region.Some of the trees landed on homes, damaging roofs.That’s what happened in the 2000 block of Ellis Street in downtown Augusta. One renter was stuck in the home next door because the tree was blocking her inside.The storms started moving through Augusta around 4:40 p.m.Near the state line, the hail was around the size of ping-pong balls. It was repor...

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Strong storms moved through the CSRA on Friday afternoon and evening, downing trees and power lines and dropping hail across the region.

Some of the trees landed on homes, damaging roofs.

That’s what happened in the 2000 block of Ellis Street in downtown Augusta. One renter was stuck in the home next door because the tree was blocking her inside.

The storms started moving through Augusta around 4:40 p.m.

Near the state line, the hail was around the size of ping-pong balls. It was reported as far west as Evans and accompanied by heavy rain, low visibility and high winds.

The storm soon started moving into North Augusta, where some residents reported slightly larger hail about the size of golf balls.

Then by 5:15 p.m., the storm, had reached Johnston, where residents reported marble-size hail.

Several people reported dents in their cars, and one resident sent News 12 a photo of a greenhouse with the glass roof shattered.

Georgia Power reported widespread outages in the Augusta area. There were outages for four and five customers in scattered areas as well as larger outages.

Some of the larger ones included:

In areas served by Jefferson Energy Cooperative, crews were working on widespread outages across many counties.

At one point, the utility reported 48 outages affecting 2,451 members.

Counties needing restoration included Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren and Washington.

There were multiple reports of trees and power lines down on both sides of the Savannah River.

In Aiken County, crews were heading out with chainsaws to take care of trees blocking drivers at places like Ridge Road and Ascauga Lake, as well as Whaley Pond Road and Bettis Academy Road, and Dibble Road and Hitchcock Parkway.

There were also reports of trees and power lines down in the city of Bamberg, S.C., as well as elsewhere in Bamberg County. The South Carolina Highway Patrol was responding to many of these reports.

A witness told News 12 a tree had fallen on a mobile home just east of Bamberg and that there were so many trees across the roadway, it was impossible to get into Branchville from the direction of Bamberg.

Grovetown reported these incidents:

Augusta public safety agencies warned of several high-hazard roadways after the storm moved through, including:

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Here's how many tornadoes struck the Midlands of South Carolina last week

The National Weather Service confirms 8 tornadoes touched down in the South Carolina Midlands on April 5, 2022. The strongest was an EF-3 with 160 mph winds.COLUMBIA, S.C. — The National Weather Service in Columbia has completed their tornado surveys from the April 5th 2022 tornado outbreak and determined there were 8 tornado touchdowns in the South Carolina Midlands including an EF3 in Bamberg and Orangeburg county, a EF-2 in Lexington County, and a second EF-2 in Clarendon county. In total, there was only one injury and no fat...

The National Weather Service confirms 8 tornadoes touched down in the South Carolina Midlands on April 5, 2022. The strongest was an EF-3 with 160 mph winds.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The National Weather Service in Columbia has completed their tornado surveys from the April 5th 2022 tornado outbreak and determined there were 8 tornado touchdowns in the South Carolina Midlands including an EF3 in Bamberg and Orangeburg county, a EF-2 in Lexington County, and a second EF-2 in Clarendon county. In total, there was only one injury and no fatalities from the tornadoes in the Midlands. You can read the full survey report on the NWS Columbia website. Below we have a brief summary.

Note: this write up and the graphic below does not include the EF-3 Allendale tornado that occurred after 3 PM and had maximum sustained winds of 137 mph. You can read information about that tornado and others in the low country in the National Weather Service Charleston writeup.

EF0 Tornado in Orangeburg County near Branchville

This EF-0 tornado had estimated peak winds of 80 mph and was on the ground for about 1 mile. The tornado touched down just east of Branchville in Orangeburg County at 4:53 PM and dissipated at 4:55 PM a mile to the northeast.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado touched down in the athletic fields adjacent to Branchville High School on Dorange Rd. They determined the metal roof was removed from an equipment shed, the baseball field backstop was missing a portion of its fencing, and the bleachers were displaced. The tornado continued northeast across a field, removing sections of roof near the intersection of Thompson Rd and Sub Rd, before dissipating.

EF0 Tornado in Orangeburg County near Bowman

This EF-0 tornado had estimated peak winds of 85 mph and was on the ground for about 3/4 mile. The tornado touched down just southwest of Bowman in Orangeburg County at 5:07 PM and 2 minutes later.

The National Weather Service storm survey determined the tornado touched down near Wayside Dr where it removed portions of the tin exterior of a farm equipment storage barn and shifted an unanchored helicopter more than 90 degrees. The report goes on to say the tornado moved northeast across Dairy Ave where it caused damage to approximately 6 acres of a solar farm.

EF-2 Tornado in N Aiken / S Lexington County

The National Weather Service storm survey confirmed and EF2 tornado from northern Aiken County into southern Lexington County. The tornado touched down at 5:35 pm and was on the ground for 12 minutes, dissipating just under 6 miles to the northeast with a maximum path width of 100 yards. Peak winds were estimated at 130 mph.

The National Weather Service found the tornado damage began near the intersection of Holder Road and Huckleberry Finn Road. The tornado eventually crossed I-20 just west ofmile marker 39, near exit 39 and later crossed Highway 178. (Fairview Highway) as it continued northeast toward Live Oak Road and Annie Hallman Road.

Downed branches, uprooted trees and snapped trees were found in the tornado's path. The NWS found the most significant damage occurred along Holder Road and Fishhook Lane. The following is directly from their report:

"The tornado damaged 3 homes and downed power lines in the area. A small wooden home lost a portion of it's metal roof. A home was partially pushed off its foundation. Some ofthe supporting piers collapsed and the home had signs of buckling along the side and rear walls. This home is were the one injury occurred, as the roof partially collapsed. The third home was damaged when a tree fell on the roof. There were numerous downed, uprooted and snapped trees around the 3 homes. The area was initially inaccessible until county clean up crews arrived. The tornado continued northeast along Fishhook Lane where significant tree damage occurred. There were numerous large hardwood and softwood trees that were snapped at the end of Fishhook Lane. A small metal shed was destroyed. A rusted antique car was moved approximately 50 feet where it had resided in the shed. A car engine was moved approximately 35 feet from where it resided in the shed. The home on the property had a couple of small areas of damage where the wooden siding was removed."

The tornado finally dissipated just beyond the intersection of Annie Hallman Road and Live Oak Road.

EF-3 Bamberg/Orangeburg County Tornado

This was the strongest tornado of the afternoon in the Midlands. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 160 mph with winds as high as 135 mph when the tornado crossed into Orangeburg county as it weakened.

The National Weather Service in both Columbia and Charleston worked together to determine the damage from this strong EF3 tornado that started in Allendale and moved into Orangeburg County. The tornado was on the ground for nearly 36 miles starting at 6:03 pm near Ulmer and lasting until 6:53 pm where it dissipated near Bowman. The following is directly from the NWS survey report:

"The initial touchdown point was along Wells Branch Road near the Barnwell County line in Allendale County and crossed into Bamberg county near the intersection of Highway 321 and Highway 301. After this point, the tornado rapidly intensified and moved through a large forest of mostly softwood pine, with hardwood oaks in the forest for some stretch. As it approached Popeye Rd in Bamberg County, the tornado strengthened into a strong EF3 with winds estimated at 160 mph. Remarkable damage was done to both softwoods and hardwoods in this forest, with an estimated 2 miles of 80-100% forest blowdown. In a particularly intense section, the tornado scoured the ground and stripped pine needles off of young pine trees. Additionally, many younger pine trees in this area were debarked and delimbed. On either side of this were sections of pine and oak that had been snapped low, at or below 5 feet, to the ground. Strong EF3 damage is estimated to have continued from Popeye Road across Kirkland Creek and then towards Wild Flower Road in Bamberg County. From here, the tornado weakened a bit as it approached Alligator road. The tornado was near its peak width at this time, then striking a more residential area along Carver road. Here, one mobile home was completely destroyed, with a home having its roof completely gone and some partial wall collapses. On either side of the center of the track, other homes sustained different degrees of damage to their roofs and siding.

The tornado continued northeastward and maintained some EF2 strength as it did so, primarily to trees. Much of the damage on Macedonia Church Rd was from trees falling on homes. The tornado showed signs of weakening by this point as it approached Orangeburg county, and it is distinctly possible that there were multiple weak vortexes impacting only the tops of trees. EF0and weak EF1 damage was noted until the county line with Orangeburg, where the tornado regained some of its strength and continued doing damage. The tornado approached the North Fork of the Edisto river and impacted a couple of homes, doing some significant tree damage on both properties. As the tornado approached Freedom Road in Orangeburg County, it produced EF0 and EF1 damage continuing to snap trees. The tornado continued to weaken gradually as it approached the city of Bowman, finally dissipating about 2 miles north of the city around 6:53 PM.

EF-1 Gaston Tornado

This tornado was determined to have 105 mph maximum strength winds. It was on the ground for just under 6 miles and approximately 9 minutes starting at 6:20 PM.

The report from the National Weather Service finds the tornado touched down along Highway 321 near just north of the town of Gaston. The most significant damage began near the Lexington County and Calhoun County line along Dixon Road and Savany Hunt Creek Road.

The tornado crossed I-26 near mile marker 22 and brought down numerous limbs and trees between the county line and I-26.

Final Tornado of the evening, an EF-2 in Manning

The final tornado of the night touched down in Clarendon county at 7:38 pm and was on the ground for just under 5 minutes. The tornado came more than 1 hour after Gaston tornado lifted and had peak winds of 115 mph. The path was 3 miles long. Along the way, there were reports of a flipped pickup truck in the Walmart parking lot and damage to two rooftop HVAC units 15 feet from the Walmart. The tornado blew out the windows on one side of a home and caused minor roof damage to several other homes in the area. The room above a garage was completely broken down after the roof failed.

SC Senate set to debate bill to expand belief protections for medical professionals

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (WSPA) – State senators voted to fast-track a bill that would expand the medical right of conscience law in South Carolina.The legislation was set for special order and will be given priority when the Senate returns to Columbia Tuesday. H.4776 passed the House in March, the vote was mostly along...

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (WSPA) – State senators voted to fast-track a bill that would expand the medical right of conscience law in South Carolina.

The legislation was set for special order and will be given priority when the Senate returns to Columbia Tuesday. H.4776 passed the House in March, the vote was mostly along party lines.

The ‘Medical Ethics and Diversity Act’ would allow a medical practitioner, healthcare institution, or healthcare payer to refrain from participating in or paying for any healthcare service which violates the practitioner’s or entity’s conscience.

Right now, the exception applies to doctors. Supporters of the legislation argue it should apply to every medical professional. During a House Judiciary Committee meeting earlier this year, Rep. John McCravy (R-Greenwood) said, “Times have changed. People are asking for procedures that were never thought of in the past. Some people can’t imagine. They feel like it’s necessary to protect them from doing these other procedures without getting into detail.”

Critics said the legislation isn’t necessary and it can be used to discriminate against the transgender community in South Carolina. Rep. Justin Bamberg (D-Bamberg) said, “This is a bill as I see it that targets certain people because some people don’t agree with their lifestyle or what’s going on.”

Last year, Senators filed a companion bill. This was in response to the City of Columbia banning the practice of conversion therapy for minors through a city ordinance. That bill and the House’s version say:

“The licensing and regulation of medical practitioners and the provision of health care services, as defined in Section 44-139-20, is expressly preempted by the State. A county, municipality, or other political subdivision may not adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, rule, or policy that restricts, limits, controls, directs, or otherwise interferes with the type and scope of health care services provided by a medical practitioner or the professional conduct and judgment of a medical practitioner when providing health care services.”

This means the state law would supersede any city ordinance.

There are three days left in the legislative session.

5 pets recently exposed to rabies in Richland and Bamberg counties. Here’s what to know

Five pets were recently potentially exposed to rabid animals in Richland and Bamberg counties — a reminder to protect your furry friends through vaccination, the state health department says.The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed through testing Friday that a bat found near Wood Fox Drive and Singing Wood Lane in Eglin had rabies. No people were known to have been ...

Five pets were recently potentially exposed to rabid animals in Richland and Bamberg counties — a reminder to protect your furry friends through vaccination, the state health department says.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed through testing Friday that a bat found near Wood Fox Drive and Singing Wood Lane in Eglin had rabies. No people were known to have been exposed. However, four cats were potentially exposed and will be quarantined.

The health department also confirmed on Friday that a raccoon in Bamberg County had rabies. No people were known to have been exposed to the raccoon. However, one puppy too young to be vaccinated against rabies was exposed.

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the risk of known exposure to an unvaccinated animal, the owners have chosen to have the puppy euthanized.

According to the South Carolina DHEC, you cannot tell if an animal has rabies by simply looking at it. Exposure is defined as a bite, scratch or contact with saliva or body fluids from an infected animal.

“Rabid bats have been known to transmit the rabies virus,” Terri McCollister, Rabies Program Team Leader, said in a DHEC press release. “People don’t always realize they or a pet have been bitten since bat teeth are tiny and bites are easy to overlook.”

Because of this, you should always assume a person or pet has potentially been bitten when:

• They wake up to find a bat in a room or tent

• A bat is found where children, pets, or persons with impaired mental capacity (intoxicated or mentally disabled) have been left unattended

• They have been in direct contact with a bat

Any bat that could have had contact with people, pets, or livestock should be safely trapped in a sealed container and not touched. Never release a bat that has potentially exposed a person or pet as it will be needed for rabies testing.

If you believe you, your family members or pets have come into contact with a rabid animal, for Richland residents call 803-896-0620. For Bamberg residents, call 803-533-5490.

This story was originally published April 26, 2022 11:54 AM.

FIRST ALERT- Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of the Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the Midlands this afternoon.Severe Thunderstorm WarningThe National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Lee County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Calhoun County in central South Carolina... Clarendon County in central South Carolina... Sumter County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Orangeburg County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Richla...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the Midlands this afternoon.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Lee County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Calhoun County in central South Carolina... Clarendon County in central South Carolina... Sumter County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Orangeburg County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Richland County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 556 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Summerton, or 14 miles west of Manning, moving northeast at 70 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to trees and powerlines. * Locations impacted include... Sumter, Manning, South Sumter, Shaw Air Base, Holly Hill, Summerton, Eastover, Elloree, Santee State Park, Mulberry, Alcolu, Woods Bay State Park, Santee Cooper Regional Airport, Elliott, Sumter County Airport, Millwood, Poinsett State Park, Oakland, Santee and Turbeville. This includes Interstate 95 between mile markers 89 and 146. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Lancaster County in central South Carolina... Northwestern Chesterfield County in central South Carolina... Northeastern Kershaw County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 558 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Kershaw, or 15 miles southeast of Lancaster, moving northeast at 45 mph. HAZARD...Ping pong ball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. Expect wind damage to trees and powerlines. * Locations impacted include... Pageland, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Heath Springs, Westville, Mt Pisgah, Jefferson, Ruby, Mount Croghan, Chesterfield Ruby Middle School, High Point Fire Station, Forty Acre Rock Preserve, Taxahaw, Pleasant Hill, Kershaw Correctional Institution, Chesterfield Detention Center and Central High School. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.50 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Central Fairfield County in central South Carolina... Southeastern Newberry County in central South Carolina... North central Lexington County in central South Carolina... Northwestern Richland County in central South Carolina... West central Kershaw County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 559 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles northeast of Prosperity to near Longtown, moving northeast at 45 mph. HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. * Locations impacted include... Winnsboro, VC Summer Nuclear Station, Prosperity, Fairfield County Airport, Jenkinsville, Killian, Lake Carolina, Monticello, Longtown, Blair, Blythewood, Chapin, Ridgeway, Little Mountain, Pomaria, Peak, Lebanon Fire Station, US-176 and SC- 34 Crossroads, White Rock and Rion. This includes the following highways... Interstate 26 between mile markers 77 and 98. Interstate 77 between mile markers 22 and 41. THUNDERSTORM DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.25 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...70 MPH

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Northwestern Lee County in central South Carolina... East central Kershaw County in central South Carolina... * Until 630 PM EDT. * At 553 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Bishopville, moving northeast at 50 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to trees and powerlines. * Locations impacted include... Bishopville, Lucknow and Ashland. This includes Interstate 20 in South Carolina between mile markers 114 and 116. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 188 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS SC . SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE AIKEN ALLENDALE BAMBERG BARNWELL BEAUFORT BERKELEY CALHOUN CHARLESTON CHESTERFIELD CLARENDON COLLETON DARLINGTON DORCHESTER EDGEFIELD FAIRFIELD FLORENCE GEORGETOWN HAMPTON JASPER KERSHAW LEE LEXINGTON MARLBORO MCCORMICK NEWBERRY ORANGEBURG RICHLAND SALUDA SUMTER WILLIAMSBURG

A quiet start this morning with mostly cloudy skies and 60s. A round of rain and storms this afternoon/evening is expected between 3PM-8PM. An Alert Day has been posted.

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First Alert Summary:

A quiet start this morning with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Clouds will stick around and winds will increase as the morning goes on. A line of downpours and storms will move through from West to East (3PM-8PM).

Some storms have potential to become strong to severe with gusty winds, heavy rain, lightning and small hail. We could see between .25″-1.00″ of rain. Highs on Friday will be in the mid to upper 80s and it will be muggy. An Alert Day has been posted.

Other than a few spotty showers Saturday (20%) we’re looking at sunshine and clouds with cooler and drier conditions with lower humidity. Highs on Saturday will be in the mid 70s.

Mother’s Day looks awesome with sunshine and clouds but it will be much cooler with highs in the low 70s.

We’ll start next weekend dry with sunshine and clouds and 70s (Mon-Wed) but humidity and storms return to the forecast Thursday and Friday.

First Alert Forecast:

First Alert Today: Showers, downpours and storms (80%). Some storms could be strong to severe. Highs in the upper 80s

Tonight: Evening showers and storms. Drier skies overnight but still breezy with 60s

Saturday: A few showers (20%). Sunshine and clouds for the afternoon with highs in the mid 70s

Sunday: Even cooler with highs in the low 70s. Drier air moves in with a few clouds

Monday: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s

Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s

Wednesday: Sunshine with a few passing clouds. Highs around 80

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