(WSPA) – The National Hurricane Center said Idalia has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves through southern Georgia.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the NOAA radar data indicates that the maximum winds are now near 70 mph with higher gusts.

Idalia made landfall in the Florida Big Bend Wednesday morning around 7:45 a.m. as a category 3 hurricane.

Idalia became a category 4 hurricane just before its landfall in Florida Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Based on the current forecast track, any threat for heavy rainfall and or possible gusty wind in our area would be limited to areas southeast of the I-85 corridor with lower impact in the Upstate.

Flood watches are up for much of South Carolina including Greenwood County, Laurens County, and Union County in the Upstate.

Wednesday into Thursday morning, the center of circulation is expected to move along the South Carolina coastline bringing the heaviest rainfall to the Lowcountry and the Midlands.

Tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches have been issued across the state of Florida and in parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

Tropical Storm Warnings are up for the entire South Carolina and Georgia coasts and a portion of the North Carolina coast.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Georgia coast and portions of the South Carolina coast south of Edisto Beach.

Meteorologists expect scattered showers from Tropical Storm Idalia to affect the Upstate.

Stay up with the 7Weather forecast in the coming days for the latest projections.