11 AM Update on now Hurricane Michael.
Micheal is now a Category 1 Hurricane situated 50 miles south of the Western tip of Cuba.
Michael is projected to move into the Gulf of Mexico tonight and continue to strengthen as it moves towards the Big Bend area of Florida.
The National Hurricane Center has Michael striking the Big Bend are of Florida as a Category 3 Hurricane Wednesday afternoon/evening.
Closer to home, we could see a fetch of moisture develop on Wednesday over the area giving us some tropical downpours.
By Thursday, the eventual track of Michael will determine the impacts we will see. The current thinking is Western North Carolina will be on the Western side of Michael limiting major impacts. If the track was to shift westward over the next few days we could see impacts increase, or a more eastward track would lessen the impacts slightly.
Central and Eastern North Carolina, along with Central and Eastern South Carolina look to be on the east side of the track and would bring torrential rainfall, gusty winds, tornadoes and storm surge to the area.
The good thing about Michael is, it is a progressive storm. This means it will be in an out in a matter of a day.
Western NC/ Upstate of SC
Flash Flooding/ Landslide main concern.
3-4" of rain with locally higher amounts.
30-40 mph wind gust.
Central, Eastern NC / Central and Eastern SC
Flash Flooding, Damaging winds, Tornadoes and Storm Surge Concerns.
4-5" of rain
45-55 mph wind gust
storm surge issues along coast.
The track and timing is still being worked on as we monitor a cold front to our West and the Atlantic High Pressure off the Carolina Coastline.