CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A Tropical Storm Warning continues for most of the South Carolina Lowcountry as Tropical Storm Michael pushes across the region early Thursday morning.
The storm brought devastation to the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia throughout the day Wednesday as a powerful category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph.
Forecasters say the storm was one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall along the Florida panhandle in recorded history.
Downgraded to a tropical storm, Michael’s impacts can now be felt right here in the tri-county area.
The storm is expected to produce bands of heavy rain, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes across much of the state Thursday.
Tropical storm strength wind gusts from 45-55 mph along the coast and 40-50 mph inland are expected until noon. Strong winds are likely to bring down trees, branches and knock down power lines across parts of the tri-county area.
Periods of heavy rain will fall along the coast with as much as 2-5″ expected farther inland near Walterboro.