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For the Carolinas, Michael is no Florence
(AP) – South Carolina is getting heavy rains and gusty winds as Tropical Storm Michael speeds through.
But officials aren’t seeing anything like the damage inflicted by Hurricane Florence last month.
Authorities say about 150,000 South Carolina customers are without power. Trees are downed and there’s minor flash flooding, including standing water that closed ramps onto Interstates 85 and 385 in Greenville.
LINK: North Carolina declares State of Emergency ahead of Michael
Waves were hitting the top of the Charleston Battery, but the city wasn’t reporting the kind of widespread flooding it gets several times a year.
The National Weather Service says winds along the coast gusted to nearly 60 mph (97 kph) and parts of Chesterfield County already had 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain with more to come.
Parts of the county saw more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain in Florence.
Areas to the east that were hit even harder by Florence’s flooding are reporting much less rain from Michael.
LINK: Track Hurricane Michael on MyFoxHurricane.com