A storm is heading our way Saturday afternoon, with showers and light rain expected over parts of the western U.S. and parts of South Carolina, but more rainfall will likely follow as the system moves east.
Flooding is expected to affect a number of areas as it moves across the Gulf Coast, but rain is expected in South Carolina.
The National Weather Service in Columbia, South Carolina has issued a flood warning for parts of Spartanburg and Savannah and a flood watch for parts in the central part of the state.
The National Weather Services Hurricane Center in Columbia says a storm is moving east and will likely dump a large amount of rain over parts.
“This will be a very heavy downpour of rain,” meteorologist Dan Zolko said.
“I would be worried if you were in Spartanburg.”
“You are in the path of the storm.
There’s going to be some wind shear.
It’s not going to blow your house down.”
The storm is expected over South Carolina Saturday night and Saturday morning, and then it will shift into a system that will bring rain to the Southeast and west later Saturday and Sunday.
Weather forecasters are urging people in the areas most vulnerable to flooding to stay inside and stay safe.
“Stay safe, and be careful.
If you are in an area that’s under a flood advisory, you’re probably not going home tonight,” Zolkowska said.
Zolkowksa says residents should avoid any areas of heavy flooding.
“People should be careful in places like the mountains, in places that are steep.
Be aware that you could be trapped inside your home.
Stay inside and get out as soon as possible,” Zola said.