An intensifying Hurricane Michael gained strength over warm tropical waters as residents across Florida’s northern Gulf Coast are boarding homes and preparing to evacuate ahead of the dangerous storm. The National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. advisory that Michael has sustained winds of 100 mph, located about 365 miles south of Apalachicola and 395 miles south of Panama City, Fla. The hurricane is now a Category 2 storm. The system is likely to strike the Florida Panhandle as a Cat 3 hurricane. The current projection from the National Hurricane Center shows Michael to be over Georgia by 1 AM Thursday and then off the coast of Virginia 24 hours later.
Depending on the track of Hurricane Michael and its interaction with a cold front, heavy rain and minor flooding may occur Wednesday into Thursday night. In the forecast – 20 percent chance of rain today, 40 percent tonight, 80 percent Wednesday and Wednesday night, 90 percent Thursday, 60 percent Thursday night. Sunny Friday through Sunday and a 30 percent chance of showers on Monday. Highs 76-78 and lows 66-69 through Thursday, then turning cooler with a low of 56 Thursday night, and 49-53 Friday night through Sunday night. Highs 68-70.