After battering the Florida panhandle, Michael is now a tropical storm as it moves through Georgia. At 5 am Thursday, Michael was located near 33.5 North, 82.5 West, about 30 miles west of Augusta, Georgia. Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and the storm was zipping northeast at 21 miles per hour. Michael will exit the U.S. coast near Chesapeake Bay early on Friday. It was stronger at landfall (155 miles per hour maximum sustained winds) of any hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since Andrew in 1992.
South Florida will be hot and tropical on Thursday, with showers and storms around. The day features showers and storms on the Gulf coast (leftover moisture from Michael), followed by periods of afternoon showers and storms. A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Gulf beaches, and low-lying portions of the Gulf coast will see minor tidal flooding. Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 80s right along the coasts but the low 90s everywhere else.
Friday will bring sun, clouds, and periods of showers and storms as we remain in the moisture “tail” of Michael. Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Saturday will feature a few early east coast showers, sun and clouds, and afternoon showers and storms mostly in the interior and along the Gulf coast. Saturday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Sunday’s forecast includes sun, clouds, and afternoon showers and storms in spots. Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Look for a few early east coast showers on Monday, followed by sun, clouds, and afternoon showers and storms well inland and along the Gulf coast. Highs on Monday will be mostly in the upper 80s.
Elsewhere, Hurricane Leslie continues its travels in the open Atlantic. At 5 am Thursday, Leslie was located near 28.4 North, 40.1 West, and was moving east-northeast at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour. And Tropical Storm Nadine is expected to weaken soon in the far Atlantic. At 5 am Thursday, Nadine was located near 14.1 North, 33.3 West, and was moving northwest at 8 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour. Nadine is expected to dissipate over the weekend.