10/12 /2018 - 4 AM UPDATE: Michael is now a post tropical cyclone and will continue to weaken as it moves into the Atlantic. The system may stay intact enough to reach Europe in a couple days. This will be the last update to Michael.
6 PM UPDATE:
Tropical Storm Michael is tracking through North Carolina and Virginia. The risk for heavy rain, damaging wind, and tornadoes continues near the storm. Tropical Storm Michael may even generate a 2-4 foot storm surge tonight along the Maryland and Delaware Coast. The impact will be brief as Tropical Storm Michael's leftovers race out to sea over the Atlantic. It will also transition from a tropical storm to a non-tropical system.
10:00 AM UPDATE:
Severe weather is still likely for areas in the Mid-Atlantic today as Michael continues to move through the Carolinas to Virginia. The path will then take Michael out to sea early Friday morning.
7:00 AM UPDATE:
Michael continues to maintain tropical storm strength of winds at 50 mph. Severe weather is likely today for areas from South Carolina north through Virginia.
4:00 AM UPDATE:
Michael has now been downgraded to a tropical storm with winds now at 50 mph. It will continue to bring very heavy rain and strong winds to the Mid-Atlantic for Thursday. Severe Weather is likely for that region today.
10:30 PM UPDATE:
Hurricane Michael was barely holding into its hurricane status at 10:00 PM CDT. Winds were down to 75 mph. It will weaken to a tropical storm between midnight and 2 AM and race northeastward from Georgia to the Carolinas through Thursday.
6:45 PM UPDATE:
Hurricane Michael was downgraded to a category two hurricane with winds of 100 mph at 6 PM CDT. Weakening will continue, and Michael is expected to be downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm between midnight and 2 AM over central Georgia. Further weakening will occur as Michael tracks over the Carolinas on Thursday.
Weather conditions are gradually improving over Southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
UPDATE: Hurricane Michael has been down-graded to a category 3 storm.
Hurricane Michael's winds increased to 155 mph just before the monster hurricane made landfall over the Florida Panhandle near Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach Wednesday. Michael is the strongest hurricane landfall on record for the Florida Panhandle and the fourth strongest hurricane landfall on record to hit the U.S.
Landfall happened just after noon CDT Wednesday, and by 2 PM CDT the National Hurricane Center reported winds were beginning to subside - down to 150 mph. Still a powerful and dangerous category four hurricane, Michael is tracking northeastward and may still be a category two hurricane when it crosses the Georgia state line around 5 PM CDT Wednesday. Weakening will continue through tonight and Thursday as Hurricane Michael tracks across Georgia and the Carolinas.
Peak wind gusts as reported by the National Hurricane Center before wind measuring tools failed.
Tyndall Air Force Base: 119 mph
Florida State University Panama City Campus: 116 mph
University of Florida/Weatherflow Mexico Beach: 104 mph
Panama City Treatment Plant: 94 mph
Panama City Beach National Ocean Service: 78 mph
Hurricane Michael's 155 mph winds make the storm the fourth strongest on record to hit the U.S. The only three storms with stronger winds were the Miami Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 with 185 mph winds, Hurricane Camille in 1969 with 175 mph winds and Hurricane Andrew in 1992 with 165 mph winds.
Only the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Hurricane Camille had lower pressure.