Tropical Storm Michael Spreads Flooding Rain, Wind Into Carolinas, East After Historic Category 4 Florida Panhandle Landfall
At a Glance
- Michael is rapidly moving northeast through the Carolinas.
- Locally heavy rain may trigger flash flooding in parts of the Carolinas and East.
- Lingering wind gusts may down trees and trigger power outages in the Carolinas and Georgia.
- Michael should move out to sea Friday.
- Michael was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
Michael made landfall as a catastrophic, unprecedented Florida Panhandle Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday afternoon. For a full summary of Michael's destructive storm surge flooding, winds and heavy rain, scroll down to our recap section below.
The center of Michael is now pushing into North Carolina with its broad area of rain from the Upstate South Carolina to Virginia and West Virginia.
Winds gusted to 50-55 mph, at times, in Augusta, Georgia, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Thursday morning. There have been a number of reports of trees and power lines downed in eastern Georgia and South Carolina, including in the Columbia metro area.
Fooding was also reported on Interstate 26 and the Interstate 126 interchange on the northwest side of Columbia early Thursday morning. Ten homes were flooded in Irmo, South Carolina, requiring some evacuations.
In North Carolina, a swift water rescue was needed due to flooding near Old Fort, and significant street flooding was reported in Hendersonville and Boone.