Tropical Storm Watch issued for much of the Lowcountry in advance of Michael

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Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida panhandle Wednesday and will spread heavy rain, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes north across southern Georgia and into South Carolina.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties in advance of Michael.

“We will likely see a period of tropical storm conditions late Wednesday into Thursday as Michael’s center passes near or just to the northwest of the Lowcountry,” said Josh Marthers. “Wind gusts up to 55 mph could bring down some trees and power lines across parts of the Lowcountry.”

Storm Team 2 is forecasting 4-6″ of rain, which combined with higher than normal tides, could produce minor to moderate flooding, especially closer to the coast.

“Landfalling hurricanes on the Florida panhandle are notorious tornado producers in the Carolinas,” added Marthers. “We will be keeping a close eye on this threat over the next day or two.”

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