2. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of, Jack Beven, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"Well Tropical Storm Michael is moving through eastern Georgia at the present time with Senator about 30 miles west of Augusta. It is moving pretty quickly now towards the northeast of about 21 miles per hour. We expect that even faster motion towards the northeast to continue today with the center of the storm tracking across portions of South Carolina Central and Eastern North Carolina and then perhaps southeastern Virginia before it emerges into the Atlantic late Thursday night or early Friday morning."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of, Jack Beven, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"There is still a possibility of tropical storm winds in portions of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States as the storm goes along. You know the storm has weakened quite a bit. The maximum winds have decreased about 50 miles per hour and may decrease a little further during the day. There's still the possibility of tropical storm conditions particularly along parts of the South Carolina North Carolina coast and near the track of where the center is."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of, Jack Beven, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"It's also a possibility of a storm surge along the open coast of the from Georgia up into North Carolina. We also have a significant rainfall threat, four to seven inches of rain and isolated maximum amounts in the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia of up to nine inches which could cause isolated flash flooding. And there's also a tornado threat as well today from portions of South Carolina up into southeastern Virginia."
National Hurricane Center Senior Hurricane Specialist Jack Beven says Tropical Storm Michael remains dangerous, even as it has grown weaker. He says the storm could bring dangerous winds, a storm surge, tornadoes and enough rain to cause flash floods as it moves up the US East Coast on Thursday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Thursday that the eye of Michael was about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Macon, Georgia and about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Augusta. The storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased to 50 mph (80 kph) and it was moving to the northeast at 21 mph (33 kph). The core of Michael will move across eastern Georgia into Central South Carolina on Thursday morning.
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