Beaufort County at risk for high winds and severe weather beginning Wednesday, NWS says

A cold front moving through southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia on Wednesday will bring thunderstorms with the potential to spawn a brief, isolated tornado.

The Lowcountry is at a slight risk for severe weather, according to a National Weather Service alert Tuesday.

Severe weather could hit Beaufort County beginning Wednesday in the early afternoon and continue into the evening, the weather service said. Wind gusts from the storm have the potential to reach 58 mph.

Before the storm is predicted to hit, high winds will start up Wednesday morning, with gusts that could reach up to 25 mph. For coastal waters, elevated south to southwest winds and seas are expected, which will likely trigger a small craft advisory and a gale watch/warning for Beaufort County, the NWS said.

Strong winds can cause damage to trees, mobile homes, roofs and cars. They can also cause widespread power outages.

The chance of precipitation is 90% and rainfall amounts will be up to 1/2 inch during the day Wednesday, the weather service predicts. By the evening, the chance drops to 60% and new rainfall could reach up to 1/4 inch.

On Thursday, skies will clear and the high will be 56, the NWS said. Thursday night will bring a chilling low of 36.