Hurricane Michael poses a serious threat to Florida’s panhandle and Big Bend areas. At 5 am Tuesday, Michael was located near 24.1 North, 85.9 West, and was moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour. A hurricane warning is in effect from the Florida/Alabama border to the Suwanee River, and a tropical storm warning extends southward to the Tampa Bay area. Michael could be a major hurricane at landfall on Wednesday, and storm surge of 6 to 12 feet is expected in portions of the panhandle and Big Bend.
South Florida will see showers and storms on Tuesday as we continue to track Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico. Our weather on Tuesday features periods of showers and some storms on a sometimes gusty breeze. A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches, and there’s a moderate risk of rip currents (increasing to high on Tuesday night) at the Gulf beaches. Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 80s.
Showers and storms will linger on Wednesday as Michael approaches the northern Gulf coast. Look for gusty winds, periods of heavy rain (especially in western areas), and dangerous rip currents in South Florida. Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Thursday will be another day of showers and some storms. Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
We’ll still see showers and storms on Friday as we remain in the moisture “tail” of Michael. Friday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Saturday’s forecast includes some sun, clouds, and periods of showers and storms. Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Leslie is still wandering in the central Atlantic. At 5 am Tuesday, Leslie was located near 32.2 North, 43.9 West, and was moving south-southeast at 13 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were up to 65 miles per hour. And finally, the wave in the eastern Atlantic has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression during the next day or two, after which it will encounter hostile conditions.