A look at the beach as Tropical Storm Michael brings 45+ mph. winds to Hilton Head
The tornado threat and heavy rain have shifted out of Beaufort County, but the risk from strong winds remains high on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
A wind advisory was extended from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by the service.
Residents and visitors in the Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head areas should expect winds in the 20 to 30 mph range and gusts of 40 mph in the evening, said an afternoon advisory.
There were “sporadic” reports of downed trees and power outages in the county through the night, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage said.
The Sheriff’s Office later said in a news release that 15-20 trees were downed in the storm.
The Bluffton Police Department reported fallen trees along S.C. 170 and Buck Island Road at New Mustang Drive.
Another downed tree caused two transformers to explode in the Buckwalter Parkway area, the department said.
Hilton Head Fire Rescue answered 14 Hurricane Michael-related calls between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a department news release.
The calls included 11 downed trees blocking roadways, a fire alarm, a car in a ditch, and assistance needed after a power outage, the release said.
As of 9 a.m. all of the traffic lights on the island were reported to be operating as normal.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported a tree down at Taylor Mill Road and Log Hall Road on Thursday morning.
Many residents of Beaufort and Jasper counties were left without power overnight.
Beaufort County is no longer under a tropical storm advisory.
Gusts up to 59 mph were recorded on Daufuskie Island at 4:55 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Wind speeds on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort and at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort were in the 45-50 mph range about that time.
A 53 mph gust was recorded in Beaufort at 6:12 a.m.
At 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Michael was located about 20 miles north northwest of Raliegh, North Carolina, and moving northeast at 24 mph. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were at 50 mph.
Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle midday Wednesday as a strong Category 4 storm.