North Carolina State Fair manager Kent Yelverton said Wednesday the event won't open as planned on Thursday.
Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall around the Florida panhandle today as a major hurricane and then weaken to a tropical storm as it tracks northeast and through the Carolinas Thursday and Thursday night.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for multiple counties in northeast SC and southeastern North Carolina, the Observer reported.
Austin said the storm is forecasted to bring sustained winds of about 25 to 30 miles per hour to the Onslow County area, with gusts up around 50 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service said the area could see trees down, which could cause some power outages if they hit power lines.
"If you can secure it, I would", Austin said.
The Columbia area will begin feeling the effects of Hurricane Michael early Thursday morning, forecasters say.
The Waccamaw River, still at moderate flood levels from Florence, shouldn't see significant increases from Michael rainfall, the NWS notes.
Between 300,000 and 500,000 power outages could occur in the Carolinas "based on the storm's current forecasted track", the utility said in a news release.