Tornado Warnings in Carolinas From Tropical Depression Fred

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U.S.|Tropical Depression Fred touches off tornadoes in the Carolinas.

A car driving through flood waters near Atlanta on Tuesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred made their way through the region.
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Neil Vigdor

  • Aug. 17, 2021Updated 8:36 p.m. ET

The remnants of Tropical Depression Fred touched off a chain reaction of tornadoes and tornado warnings across the Southeast on Tuesday, especially in the Carolinas, one day after the storm system made landfall along Florida's Gulf Coast.

Throughout the night, the Weather Service issued at least 10 tornado warnings in North and South Carolina, meaning that a tornado had been spotted or picked up on a radar.

Parts of those two states and Virginia were under a tornado watch through 2 a.m. Wednesday. A few tornadoes were likely, along with hail, and wind gusts of up to 60, the Weather Service said.

Tornadoes were reported in Edgefield, S.C., and in Iredell County, N.C., about 50 miles north of Charlotte. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

In Greenville County, S.C., public school students and teachers were instructed to shelter in place on Tuesday afternoon after a tornado warning was issued for the area, local media outlets reported. The warning was later canceled.

Fred was expected to move across northern Georgia and the southern Appalachian Mountains later on Tuesday, bringing four to eight inches of rain — totals that could rise to 10 inches in a few areas, according to the National Weather Service.

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