FIRST ALERT: Heavy downpours, a few strong storms likely Friday evening

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Heavy downpours and strong storms with gusty winds are likely to move across the region late Friday.

A potent storm system will develop across the Deep South during the day Thursday and intensify through Friday night as it moves through the Carolinas. This storm system will push a strong cold front through the Grand Strand and Pee late Friday with a risk of heavy downpours and a few strong storms.

Just a few spotty, light showers are likely at times on Thursday, but no heavy rain is expected. A break in the showers arrives late Thursday night and early Friday before rain chances ramp up once again for Friday afternoon and evening.

The combination of Friday afternoon temperatures climbing to around 70 degrees and very strong winds in the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere means that some thunderstorms are likely to develop. The strong storms may be able to tap into the very strong winds aloft and produce strong wind gusts.

The time frame for potentially strong storms runs from the early afternoon hours of Friday through midnight Friday night. While a widespread severe weather outbreak is not likely, be weather aware late Friday into early Friday night for the potential of lightning, locally heavy rain, and wind gusts that could reach 50 mph in some of the storms.

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