Tropical Storm Michael

Courtesy NOAA Hurricane Center

...CENTER OF MICHAEL MOVING OVER SOUTH CAROLINA...

...TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS OCCURRING OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA...

Tropical Storm Michael is centered as of 8 a.m. EDT inland over South Carolina about 40 miles (65 km) west-northwest of Columbia. On the forecast track, the center will continue to move across central South Carolina this morning, then move across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this afternoon and this evening, then over the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today, with the strongest winds primarily spreading northward along the coast of the Carolinas. Michael is forecast to intensify as it becomes a post- tropical low over the Atlantic late tonight or early Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km) mainly over water to the southeast of the center.

A coastal marine observing site at Folly Island, South Carolina recently reported a sustained wind of 45 mph (72 km/h) with a gust to 54 mph (87 km/h). A wind gust to 49 mph (80 km/h) was recently observed in Charleston, South Carolina.

A Tropical Storm Warning continues from Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. A Storm Surge Watch continues from Ocracoke Inlet, to Duck, North Carolina.

Tropical storm conditions are occurring now over portions of eastern and southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. These conditions will spread northward across central and eastern portions of North Carolina today. Gale- to storm-force winds are expected over portions of southeastern Virginia, extreme northeastern North Carolina, and the

Delmarva Peninsula as Michael becomes post-tropical off the Mid-Atlantic coast late tonight or early Friday.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office - www.weather.gov

The next complete advisory will be issued at 11 a.m. EDT - www.hurricanes.gov

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