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Storm Causing Power Outages Across the State

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Wind gusts from Tropical Storm Michael have already begun to cause power outages throughout the state, and especially in theLowcountry. 

In the Anderson, Duke Energy is reporting nearly 500 outages. Other nearby counties are also reporting outages. Abbeville has 10, Greenville 729, Greenwood 123, Laurens 2, Oconee 1, Pickens 1,307 and Spartanburg 2,996.

The hardest-hit county in the Lowcountry was Charleston County, which reported a total of 10,205 outages. Beaufort County was experiencing 8,376 outages. Berkeley County had 1,961 without power while Dorchester showed, 2,320. A total of 1,374 in Colleton County, 594 in Georgetown County and 462 in Williamsburg County were also reported.

Some traffic lights were also reported out in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.

The National Weather Service measured strong wind gusts Thursday morning with winds reaching 51 mph at Fort Sumter, 49 mph at Folly Beach, and 47 mph at Sullivan’s Island.

SCDOT provides an updated road closure list here and the Charleston police department keeps an updated list here.

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as one of the strongest storms to hit the U.S., killing at least two people and destroying beach towns.

The Weather Channel reported that winds of up to 155 mph hit the small coastal town of Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday around noon, and began tearing buildings apart, uprooting trees and downing power lines.

More than 331,000 homes and businesses lost power in Florida, while more than 375,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. Many of those were given "last chance" warnings on Tuesday evening, with officials urging people not to ignore the orders.

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