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Hurricane Michael knocked down trees and limbs in the area.

While the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael move out of the area, weather officials are recommending individuals remain at home and indoors.

"It would still be best if you don't need to be on the roads until the rest of midday to stay home," National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Rohrbach said Thursday morning. He works in the Columbia office.

While the heaviest rains have moved out of the area, Rohrbach said winds are still gusty.

"We will see these gusty winds continue through the afternoon," he said. "There will be some pretty good wind gusts on the back side of the storm."

Rohrbach said the winds will decrease as the day goes on, mostly likely returning to normal at about 4 p.m.

Michael behind some damage.

"We have seen scattered trees and power outages throughout our entire area, including Orangeburg," Rohrbach said.

Orangeburg has seen wind gusts at the airport clock in as high as 45 mph with sustained winds of 30 mph. Tropical storm-force winds are 39 mph or greater.

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Rohrbach said there were no confirmed tornadoes in the Orangeburg area as of Thursday morning. Orangeburg was under a tornado warning when Doppler radar indicated a tornado was near Branchville and moving north.

Emergency management officials will most likely survey any damage Friday.

The fast-moving storm ended up keeping rainfall totals relatively low except in isolated cases.

A rain gauge about four miles northwest of Orangeburg recorded about 2.9 inches of rain. Another Orangeburg weather observer recorded about 2.36 inches.

Michael entered South Carolina as a tropical storm west of Augusta and tracked northeast through Newberry.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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