Heavy Rain, Wind from Tropical Storm Michael

Michael made landfall as a strong category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155mph and a central pressure of 919mb. This makes it the 3rd most intense hurricane at landfall in the US, with a lower pressure than both Hurricane Andrew and Katrina. Areas within the eye wall from Panama City Beach to Tyndall AFB to Mexico Beach and even Apalachicola suffered catastrophic damage.

As of 9am, sustained winds are at 40mph, making it a Tropical Storm. We will begin to get heavy rain by mid-morning. It will continue through the late afternoon. Heavy downpours, could lead to flash flooding. We could see 3-5″ of rain in a short 6-8 hour span. Biggest areas of concern will be those south of 85 and for the mountains. Strong gusts 50mph+ can’t be ruled out, which could lead to downed trees and power lines. By late afternoon/early evening Michael will be on its way out.

Clearer and drier air moving in for the weekend. You’ll need the jackets when you head out the door tomorrow. Overnight lows will be close to 50 degrees with highs only reaching the low 70s. Showers back in the forecast early next week.

Today: Heavy Rain. High: 77 Wind: E 15-17; G30

Tonight: Showers Clear. Low: 52 Wind: NW 7-15; G25

Fri: Cool & Sunny. High: 73 Wind: NW 5-7 mph

Fri Night: M. Clear. Low: 51 Wind: NW 5 mph