Hurricane Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm as it swept over eastern Georgia but is still expected to bring “life-threatening” winds, rains, and flash flooding throughout Thursday. The storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday with near-Category 5 strength, making it the strongest to hit the continental U.S. since 1969’s Hurricane Camille. It was the region’s worst hurricane on record and at least two people have been reported dead. The National Hurricane Center said early Thursday that the eye of Michael was now on the Georgia/South Carolina border. The hurricane center warned deadly flash flooding could hit Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas as tropical storm conditions were expected to continue through Thursday.
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