Sumter's forecast for Hurricane Ian includes heavy rain, wind, possible tornadoes


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According to National Weather Service, heavy rainfall, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes may all be possible at some point between Thursday and Saturday in the tri-county area.

Thursday's forecast looks to be mostly cloudy with a high near 72 degrees. It is expected to be breezy with northeast winds between 18-22 mph and gusts of wind as high as 36 mph. For Thursday night, there is a 40% chance of showers, mainly after 2 a.m., with the amount of rain predicted to be between one tenth and a quarter of an inch. Also, expect a mostly cloudy, breezy sky and temperature of about 58 degrees.

On Friday, residents may expect a high of 67 degrees and more cloudy skies and showers, with possible thunderstorms after 2 p.m., the Weather Service predicted. That night, the rain continues with possible thunderstorms before 2 a.m. The low is predicted to be about 62 degrees.

On Saturday, the high will be around 74 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and showers. This will continue into the night with low temperatures expected to be around 64 degrees.