Hurricane Matthew pulling away from the Coastal Empire, Lowcount - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Hurricane Matthew pulling away from the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Hurricane and Tropical Storm warnings will be allowed to expire Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall near McClellanville, SC, this morning as a Category One hurricane. Outer rain bands have spread as far north as Maryland, and inland flooding will be significant across the mid-Atlantic.

The threat of severe weather, including flooding rain, damaging wind gusts, coastal flooding and isolated tornadoes, is decreasing across the area Saturday. By the afternoon, a few peaks of sunshine may occur as winds return to somewhat normal levels.

While weather is improving, tree and powerline damage is significant across much of the Coastal Empire and South Carolina Lowcountry. Many roads are blocked by debris; some covered by feet of water. Do not travel on Saturday unless it is an absolute emergency.

Local officials and first responders are working diligently to restore normalcy to our entire region.

Much more pleasant weather enters the forecast Sunday and will stick around through the work-week; high temperatures in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

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