A series of thunderstorms brought much-needed rain -- and a frightening tornado warning -- to York and Chester counties Sunday evening and Monday.
Storm systems leading a front of cool air dumped about 1.4 inches of rain at the Rock Hill-York County Airport since Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
But the welcome rain was accompanied by a tornado warning that caused a stir around midday Monday. However, despite tornado sirens and ominous skies, officials said no damage was reported in York or Chester counties.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning around 11 a.m. Monday for York and Chester counties after a storm with tornado-like wind patterns was discovered on radar. A tornado was confirmed by the weather service around 11:15 near the Lowrys community, but Eddie Murphy, Chester County's director of emergency management, said no damage was reported.
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The warning lasted until 12:30 p.m. as the storm passed over Rock Hill and Fort Mill and moved into North Carolina. The storm brought heavy rain and winds to isolated areas as it moved through the region.
Tornado sirens could be heard around York County warning residents of the threat.
As a precaution, area schools moved students into hallways, away from windows. Students and teachers from mobile classrooms were moved inside the main buildings until the warning ended and classes could resume.
Wind will again be a factor today, as breezes up to 15 mph are expected, but forecasters are calling for clear skies with no chance of rain.
A high of 67 degrees is expected. Tonight, lows will be in the upper 30s.