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Thanks to Michael, parts of the Upstate make history with Tropical Storm Warning

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It was a historic day for parts of our area as some counties in the Upstate had their first Tropical Storm Warning from the National Weather Service. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

It was a historic day for parts of our area as some counties in the Upstate had their first Tropical Storm Warning from the National Weather Service.

"We've been tracking Michael from the weekend into early this week," Jessica Stumpf, with Greenville County Emergency Management, said.

Though Greenville County isn't in the Tropical Storm Warning region, it is just north of the counties being affected (Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, Union).

Stumpf said county officials have been working with state and other local organizations to be prepared for any impact the storm may have.

Greenville County is expected to get about 3 inches of rain and up to 40 mile per hour winds.

"So, you get saturated grounds, you get gusty winds, you have the potential for trees to come down," Stumpf said.

Those elements can cause road closures and power outages.

"Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan, an emergency kit together," Stumpf said.

Stumpf said the easiest way to do that is by downloading the state's emergency manager app (SC EMD).

"It's, basically, your own personal emergency manager," Stumpf said.

Many Greenville residentssaid they're not too concerned about the storm but are prepared just in case.

"I guess we're ready for it. I mean, regardless, it's going to come, so, hopefully, it will blow over and we will be alright," said Casey Evans, of Greenville.

But despite not being concerned about local impacts, people we spoke with say they're hearts go out to the people directly hit by Michael.

"Its horrible, I hope they get through this storm," said Stella Christian, of Greenville.

Stumpf said Greenville County has not sent any crews to areas affected by the storm, but may do so if needed.

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