[image-1] A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the tri-county area as Hurricane Michael gets ready to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle this afternoon.
Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties are under a tropical storm warning as of Wednesday at 8:41 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Michael, now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, still remains about 460 miles away from Charleston.
“Michael is forecast to track northeastward across Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday gradually weakening to a tropical storm,” according to the NHC. “The main hazards across Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia are expected to include tropical storm force winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rainfall, dangerous surf conditions, and coastal flooding.”
Wednesday’s West Ashley Farmer’s Market has been cancelled and will resume on Wed. Oct. 17 through Wed. Oct. 24.
The City of Charleston is operating at OPCON 4, meaning that there is a “possibility” of an emergency or disaster situation.
“Based on the most recent forecast, potential impacts for the Charleston area include wind and threat of tornadoes, with rainfall expected through Friday morning,” the city announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “Ponding on roadways is possible, which could result in some road closures.”
The Town of James Island warned of “dangerous beach currents” and “beach erosion” in a press release Monday afternoon.
So far, Charleston remains outside of the cone of uncertainty for Hurricane Michael.
On Tuesday, Gov. Henry McMaster extended September’s state of emergency issued last month ahead of Hurricane Florence.
“While we will not see the full force of Hurricane Michael the way Florida will, we could see gusty winds, rain, flash flooding and even tornadoes,” said S.C. Emergency Management Director Kim Stenson in a statement Wednesday morning. “Over the next day, it will be vital for everyone to be prepared to act if told to do so by your local public safety officials.”