CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Florence moved across South Carolina Thursday morning causing downed trees and power lines in many areas of the Lowcountry.
Michael has weakened to a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it moves toward North Carolina.
It’s currently 35 miles south-southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The decrease in strength follows after the hurricane came ashore along the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds, just a few miles per hour short of a Category 5 storm status.
The eye of the hurricane is currently moving through southwestern Georgia with damaging winds
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Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says winds should diminish late Thursday afternoon.
Several Lowcountry government agencies and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division are operating on a heightened state of alert. Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties as well as the cities of Charleston, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms and the town of Mount Pleasant are all operating on OPCON 4, the second-lowest operating level.
At 11 a.m. the center of Hurricane Michael was located by NOAA Doppler weather radars near latitude 34.7 North, longitude 80.8 West.
Michael is moving toward the northeast near 23 mph and this general motion should continue tonight.
A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is expected on Thursday through Friday night.
On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move across South Carolina this morning and into North Carolina and Virginia by Thursday night into Friday.
Michael will then move northeastward across the southeastern United States through late Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast by early Friday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph with higher gusts.
Michael will steadily weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States through Thursday night. Michael is forecast to re-strengthen some Thursday night and Friday when it moves off the east coast of the United States and becomes a post-tropical cyclone on Friday.