Watches, warnings lifted but rain, wind will persist

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - After the squall line passed through the Charleston area, the National Weather service lifted the severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches it had issues earlier in the night.

The initial watch was set to expire at 1 a.m. Thursday, but the weather agency canceled the watches and warnings shortly before midnight.

ABCNews4 Chief Meteorologist Dave Williams said the line of storms is moving at nearly 65 mph and will reach the Summerville area shortly before 11 p.m. The strongest part of the storm was hitting Orangeburg about 9:40 p.m.

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There was a slight risk of thunderstorms and a wind advisory for most of the state.

Power outages for SCE&G customers have been slowly building as the storm moved through the Lowcountry. At midnight, the utility company was reporting 193 outages in Colleton County, 175 outages in Dorchester County, and 88 outages in Charleston County. Beaufort County has 5 reported outages.

A cold front moving out of the north will push the storm out to sea overnight, leading to temperatures about 20 degrees cooler than Wednesday's highs. {}