Roof leak hits National Weather Service Columbia office, takes out weather radios

Roof leak hits National Weather Service Columbia office, takes out weather radios

When will the weather clear up in Columbia?

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A leaky roof made life difficult for the meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Columbia as Tropical Storm Michael rolled through the Midlands.

The incident happened as Tropical Storm Michael rolled through South Carolina after making a catastrophic landfall on the Florida Panhandle and rolling through Georgia Wednesday into Thursday.

While the servers in the Greenville office are up and running again, the NOAA weather radios and the Columbia radar would be down until further notice, but were back up and running around noon Thursday.

Were back! NOAA Weather Radio and CAE Radar are operational. Our server has been restored and we are safely running on generator power until our backup power supply can be repaired/replaced. Thanks to @NWSGSP for taking over for us this morning after our leaky roof issues. pic.twitter.com/aMLqDHQG5w

Skies over Columbia should begin clearing Thursday afternoon and evening as the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael move out of the area to make way for more pleasant fall weather this weekend.

The worst of it will be behind us at this point, Mike Proud, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, said around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Tropical Storm Michael, which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, blew into the Midlands area early Thursday with high winds that set off several tornado warnings and more than 100,000 power outages statewide. Wind gusts exceeded 40 mph in the Irmo and Lexington areas early Thursday.

The lull weve had is the remains of the eye, so these winds are going to pick backup for a little while, Proud said.

While the worst of the weather may be over, the Newberry County Sheriffs Office warned that dangers still exist from heavy rain and falling trees.

There will be some bands of rain possibly heavy at times as the counter clockwise wrap around effect of the low pressure area occurs, the sheriffs office said in a release. Winds are currently calm but will vary during the morning and into the afternoon. This could cause further falling of trees.

Winds will pick back up through mid-afternoon with sustained winds around 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph, Proud said. The winds will continue tapering off into the evening and overnight.

By Friday, skies should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s, which Proud said should continue through Saturday and Sunday.

A tornado warning issued in Newberry County around 2:45 a.m. was one of four put out by the weather service early Thursday. The sheriffs office said deputies have checked the area where it was reported, north of Interstate 26 between Newberry and Whitmire, and found no significant damage.

Proud said the National Weather Service will look at areas where tornadoes were reported and determine if they need to send crews out to survey those areas, possibly later Thursday afternoon.


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