Severe thunderstorms headed to the Lowcountry. Here’s when they’re expected to hit

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It’s a toss up whether the Lowcountry will see severe thunderstorms before the Fourth of July ends.

Beaufort County is at a limited risk for clusters of thunderstorms, which could bring torrential downpours and flooding in some low-lying and poor-draining areas between mid-afternoon and sunset, according to a National Weather Service alert Monday.

Thunderstorms that develop will move slowly and could drop 1 to 2 inches of rain in a short period of time, another alert said.

There is the potential for one or two strong to severe thunderstorms in the afternoon. Strong winds have the potential to inflict consequential damage to trees, mobile homes, roofs and cars. They can also cause widespread power outages.

Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning will also occur, the National Weather Service alert said.

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!” the alert noted. “If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning can strike many miles from a thunderstorm.”

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will happen mostly before 7 p.m., the weather service noted. Chance of precipitation in the evening is 30% and the temperature will drop to 77 degrees.