Onslow declares State of Emergency, Lenoir Schools closed Thursday

Christopher Davidson
October 11, 2018

"North Carolina is staring down another powerful hurricane less than a month (after) Hurricane Florence battered our state", Cooper said at a news conference.

Along the coast, it was a rainy and windy Wednesday, but nearly every off-season business remained open.

There is still time to prepare for the high winds and rain expected from Hurricane Michael when in makes its way to the Carolinas as a tropical storm.

Michael is expected to move ashore over the Florida Panhandle later Wednesday, move NE across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

Many areas of Horry and Georgetown counties remain saturated from Hurricane Florence flooding, so NWS warns that flooding could occur in areas without much rainfall.

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Wind gusts could reach up to 55 miles per hour Thursday in the Myrtle Beach area, and NWS warns that weakened or poorly rooted trees could topple, causing power outages.

"If you can secure it, I would", Austin said.

The area could also see an increased risk of tornadoes on Thursday. The middle of what will be a tropical storm will pass over the city at about noon, they added.

"It's okay, it only going to last two days", he said.

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