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Rain, wind still a threat, but tornado watch canceled for Beaufort and Jasper counties

Storms arrive at RBC Heritage suspending tournament play

Severe storms moved into the Lowcountry which suspended tournament play for Friday's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing
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Severe storms moved into the Lowcountry which suspended tournament play for Friday's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing

As a strong storm rolled into the Beaufort County area Friday, forecasters placed Beaufort and Jasper counties under a tornado watch.

That tornado watch was canceled as of 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

There is still a risk of heavy rain moving into the late afternoon.

Forecasters warned of wind gusts as high as 40 to 50 mph could occur outside the thunderstorms. A wind advisory is in effect for Beaufort County until 5 p.m.

“Some of those winds could reach an excess of 75 mph for areas of southeast South Carolina,” a forecaster with the NWS said during a Friday morning weather briefing.

A high surf advisory is in place until 8 p.m. along with a rip current risk.

For the latest information on how the weather is affecting Heritage, click here.

RBC Heritage

The weather impacted the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing tournament, according officials at the Harbour Town Golf Links.

Spectators were ordered to be off the course by 12:30 p.m. and tents and skyboxes have to be cleared, according to Hilton Head Fire Marshal Joheida Fister.

Shuttles were no longer running into the tournament as of noon, according to Angela McSwain, the marketing and communications director for the Heritage Classic Foundation.

Shuttles will take spectators back to the course after the storm passes, she said.

No one was allowed to shelter in place at the course, according to Toby McSwain, director of security for Sea Pines.

This story will be updated throughout the day as more weather information becomes available.

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Caitlin Turner is the retail and business reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked in the news industry for five years in both Ohio and South Carolina and loves the Lowcountry life.

Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.