Michael now centered over South Carolina
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Michael is now centered over South Carolina and is still a tropical storm after a long land journey over the southeastern United States.
A day after slamming into Florida's Gulf Coast as a strong Category 4 hurricane, Michael still had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kmh) and higher gusts, with tropical storm-force winds reaching 160 miles (260 km) from its center.
As of 8 a.m. Thursday, the storm was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west-northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, moving northeast at 21 mph (33 kph). It's expected to keep blowing across central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia before crossing into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday.
And at that point, forecasters expect Michael to strengthen again over open water.