Tracking Elsa: Live updates as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way through the Lowcountry

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – As of 7:56 a.m., all tornado warnings have expired.

As of 5:26 a.m., the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Eastern Georgetown County, in effect until 6:00 a.m.

As of 5:00 a.m., all tornado warnings have expired.

As of 4:35 a.m., there are tornado warnings being issued for Charleston County in the upper rural parts and extended to portions of Georgetown, Williamsburg counties until 5:00 a.m. as storms move inland.

As of 3:47 a.m., all tornado warnings have expired.

As of 3:18 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for areas in Berkeley County including Huger, in effect until 3:30 a.m.

As of 2:49 a.m., multiple Tornado Warnings have been issued for Berkeley and Charleston County. The warning for Berkeley County is in effect until 4:00 a.m. Thursday.

As of 2:24 a.m., the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Charleston County.

As of 1:58 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties, effective until 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

As of 1:37 a.m., the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Charleston County effective until 2:00 a.m.

As of 1:00 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Charleston County effective until 1:30 a.m. A tornado was confirmed in Edisto.

A tornado was confirmed over Meggett at 1:12 a.m. Thursday, moving north at 45mph.

As of 12:24 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Colleton County. The warning is set to expire at 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

As of 11:23 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for areas in and around Colleton County, including Edisto Beach. Radar indicated 80mph wind gusts, which could result in severe damage. It is set to expire at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

As of 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the tri-county area and Colleton County. The watch is set to expire at 5:00 a.m. Thursday.

Elsa made landfall in Florida as a tropical storm late Wednesday morning. It briefly became a hurricane Tuesday but was downgraded as it neared the north Florida Gulf Coast overnight. The storm is now making its trek across Georgia before arriving in South Carolina late Wednesday night.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for much of the South Carolina coast, including coastal Colleton and Georgetown counties, Charleston County, and tidal and inland Berkeley County. This means tropical storm conditions are expected in the warned area.

Elsa will track west of I-95 as it passes through our area late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. But Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Rob Fowler says most of the activity remains east of center.

“The track of the storm is really fine-tuned now when it comes to the actual center,” said Fowler. “But keep in mind, we’re talking about where all of the activity is, it’s east of the center and that’s why we’ve got to be aware.”

Heavier rain will increase as the storm moves through the area through midnight and into the early morning hours on Thursday. “Any of these bands, as they move through, could briefly produce some wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph, particularly out towards the water and out on Lake Moultrie,” said Storm Team 2 meteorologist Josh Marthers.

There is also an isolated tornado risk with those heavy bands as they move across the area.

“The threat is not incredibly high, but it’s not zero,” said Marthers. “That window from about midnight through 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. Thursday is when that would occur.”

“Isolated tornadoes become a concern at night because obviously if we have a tornado at night, it’s harder to see,” said Fowler.

Heavy rain will be focused well inland back towards I-95, but there will be bands of heavy rain along the coast.

The greatest impacts again will be Wednesday from 9:00 p.m. – possibly later – through Thursday at 9:00 a.m. bringing with it a low-end threat of wind damage and a medium risk of isolated tornadoes and flooding rain.

There will be some flooding, but widespread significant flash flooding is not in the forecast with Elsa as it moves across the Lowcountry. There is a very high risk of rip currents.

The highest rain totals back inland will be 3-5 inches from Walterboro, St. George, and up to Moncks Corner and Kingstree; 1-3” inside the Charleston metro. “Again, there will be some locally higher amounts in the heavier bands,” said Marthers.

Now is a good time to download the Storm Team 2 weather app – you can view live, interactive radar from Storm Team 2. Be sure to turn on location settings and weather alerts to receive a notification if a warning is issued for your area especially in the middle of the night.

You can also download the WCBD News app for updates from our team and watch our livestream as severe weather moves through the area.

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