Tropical storm warning issued for parts of area ahead of Michael

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(WSPA) — The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a tropical storm warning for parts of the area ahead of Hurricane Michael.

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“It’s just a whole mess of products today, but flash flooding is our #1 concern,” NWS GSP said in the tweet.

Hurricane Michael made landfall close to 1:30 PM near Mexico Beach, FL as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 155 mph.

Closer to home, 1″-5″ of rain is expected..lowest amounts in the western mountains…highest amounts in the southeastern Upstate and along the SE-facing slopes of the mountains.

The highest chance for tropical storm force wind gusts (39 mph or greater) are over the southeastern portions of our area.  A tropical storm warning is in effect for Elbert, Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, Union, and Newberry Counties for that threat.

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A flash flood watch is in effect Wednesday through Thursday evening for most of the local area. 

The National Hurricane System says hurricane-force winds are expected to reach well inland over areas of the Florida Panhandle, southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia.

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