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LIVE FROM THE WEATHER TEAM: Tropical Storm Hermine pushes through South Carolina

Ground water begins to flood some low areas as Tropical Storm Hermine heads inland Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Dekle Beach, FL. (Source: AP Photo/John Raoux) Ground water begins to flood some low areas as Tropical Storm Hermine heads inland Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Dekle Beach, FL. (Source: AP Photo/John Raoux)
A news reporter doing a stand up near a sea wall in Cedar Key, FL, is covered by an unexpected wave as Hurricane Hermine nears the Florida coast, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.  (Source: AP Photo/John Raoux) A news reporter doing a stand up near a sea wall in Cedar Key, FL, is covered by an unexpected wave as Hurricane Hermine nears the Florida coast, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (Source: AP Photo/John Raoux)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Here's the latest on Hermine from the WIS First Alert Weather Team:

3:08 p.m. 

A Flash Flood warning has been issued for Aiken, Lexington, Richland, Sumter, in addition to the previous warning that was issued earlier for Orangeburg, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Clarendon counties until 6 p.m.

2:51 p.m.

Center of Hermine is in Allendale County and is still moving NE at 18mph.

2:29 p.m.

Heavy rain continues to fall and storm reports continue to come in indicating falling trees and car accidents

2:00 p.m.

The center of circulation is crossing into South Carolina, south of Estill. 

1:21 p.m.

The tornado warning has been canceled for Lee and Sumter Counties 

12:59 p.m.

A Tornado warning has been issued for Lee and Sumter Counties until 1:30 p.m.

12:18 p.m.

Heavy rain bands continue to cycle through from the southeast to the north in the counties under the flash flood warning. So far 3-4 inches of rain has fallen and another 3-4 inches possible into the afternoon.

12:03 p.m.

Flash Flood Warning for 

Orangeburg, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon and Calhoun Counties until 4 p.m.

11:49 a.m. 

The center of circulation is near Claxton, GA and is quickly moving towards the South Carolina border.

10:10 a.m.

Gov. Rick Scott says a homeless man died in north Florida when a tree fell on him as winds from Hermine whipped across the state.

Speaking at a news conference, the governor said he was informed of the fatality Friday morning by Marion County Sheriff Emery Gainey.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/2bHY0Ls ) reports the man was apparently sleeping in a tent behind Diamond Oil near Ocala when the tree fell on him.

Capt. Chip Wildly, director of Marion County's emergency management agency, says the man's body was discovered around 7:35 a.m. Friday by people who were reporting to work. No further details were immediately available.

The governor says no other deaths or major injuries have been reported.

Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade when it came ashore early Friday as a Category 1 storm.

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10:05 a.m.

Hermine has left thousands of electric customers in the Carolinas in the dark even before the center of the storm moves in.

Outage maps posted by utilities serving in North and South Carolina show that power is out to more than 13,000 customers. Most of those outages are in Beaufort County in southern South Carolina - the first area of the state to feel the full effects of the storm.

Forecasters say the center of the storm should move into South Carolina early Friday afternoon and continue northeast on a path generally along Interstate 95.

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9:40 a.m.

The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, which saw historic flooding less than a year ago, is urging residents there to "batten down the hatches, hunker down and stay put" as Hermine moves through South Carolina.

Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters Friday that the city is blessed that it's not dealing with a major hurricane but officials are taking Hermine seriously.

He says as Hermine approaches, the city is expecting serious winds and rainfall that can lead to flash flooding. He said the city distributed 3,000 sandbags Thursday.

It's been almost a year since rainfall from what has been described as a 1,000-year-storm inundated South Carolina and caused widespread flooding in Charleston that prompted officials to block people from entering the downtown area.

As of midmorning on Friday, a city map of street closings showed only one street had been blocked by flooding from Hermine.

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9:40 a.m.

Authorities say four national wildlife refuges have been closed as Hermine's rain and winds whip Florida and Georgia.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Tom McKenzie says St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, in the area where Hermine made landfall, was closed Friday. He said at mid-morning Friday that employees will be assessing any possible damage after the storm threat subsides.

McKenzie said the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in south Georgia, directly in Hermine's path, is also closed Friday. The refuge features vast swamplands inhabited by alligators. On the alligators, McKenzie said "rain and water is nothing new to them" though falling trees could prove dangerous to the gators and other wildlife.

McKenzie said the St. Vincent and Lower Suwanee refuges, both in Florida, were also closed Friday.

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9 a.m.

New father Dustin Beach had more than Hermine on his mind as the storm crossed over Florida.

Last night, his wife Shawna gave birth to their baby girl in a Tallahassee hospital. But on Friday morning, the 31-year-old drove about an hour and a half to Keaton Beach to find out whether they'll have a place to bring little Brighton once they're released from the hospital.

He says his wife woke up early Friday and told him to "go home and check on the house."

He was waiting Friday with other residents until police let them into the community. Authorities say they're concerned about downed power lines.

Beach says their home is 21 feet off the ground, but he was concerned whether two nearby pine trees fell during the storm.

Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade when it came ashore early Friday as a Category 1 storm.

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