Powerful Michael to strike Florida’s panhandle today; High wind, heavy rain likely in the Lowcountry

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Hurricane Michael is now a powerful category 4 hurricane and will make landfall today along the Florida panhandle. Impacts in the form of rain, high winds, and isolated tornadoes are expected across much of South Carolina through Thursday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Lowcountry of South Carolina in advance of Michael.

Impacts from Michael increase today through Thursday with periods of very heavy rain becoming likely. As much as 3-6″ of rain will fall across the area by the time all is said and done late Thursday.

Wind speeds will steadily increase through Wednesday night with gusts up to 60 mph possible through Thursday. This will be enough to bring down trees and power lines across parts of the Lowcountry.

Landfalling tropical systems on the Florida Panhandle are notorious for producing tornadoes in south Georgia and the state of South Carolina. We will be on the northeast to east side of Michael’s circulation, which is where most tropical tornadoes occur. At this time an outbreak of tornadoes isn’t expected, but we will monitor conditions carefully.

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