Hermine has weakened Friday morning as it passed inland over Florida and Georgia, but its outskirts are still thrashing central and eastern South Carolina with heavy rain and some strong winds.
The National Weather Sercive says that these strong winds warnings escalated into Tornado Warnings for Mulberry SC, Dalzell SC, Oswego SC. Those counties will remain in the warning status, meaning a tornado has been indicated via radar in that area, until 1:30 p.m.
Additionally, a strong line of wind is sweeping across the area connecting Edisto Beach, Walterboro, Ashepoo, Bennetts Point. The National Weather Service in Charleston says tornado warnings are possible in that area.
As of 2:30 p.m. South Carolina Electric & Gas report that over 28,000 homes are without power in South Carolina. The bulk of SCE&G outages are located in Beafort and Charleston. The Electric Co-Operatives of South Carolina are also reporting several thousand outages in Aiken and Charleston.
As of 11 a.m., Hermine was located 55 miles west-southwest of Savannah, Georgia, centered around the town of McRae, Ga. It is expected to cross the Savannah River into South Carolina in the early afternoon Friday. Hermine’s wind speed had slowed by mid-morning, with maximum sustained winds around 55 miles per hour.