UPDATE: Hurricane Michael hits Florida, moving toward South Carolina
UPDATE: Hurricane Michael is continuing to push northeast through Georgia Wednesday night as a Category 1 hurricane while moving towards the Palmetto state. The Midlands will begin to experience deteriorating conditions overnight into Thursday morning. Tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes will be possible through Thursday afternoon.
Hurricane Michael continues to move through Florida after making landfall Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach Florida near the Tyndall Air Force Base. With winds of 155 mph, Michael ranks fourth for all time for landfalling United State hurricanes. Andrew, another historic Florida hurricane, ranks third with winds of 165 mph.
Pressure readings indicate Michael's pressure dropped to a remarkable 919 millibars making it the third lowest pressure of a landfalling continental United States hurricane. With a wind speed of 155 mph, that would make Michael the fourth strongest landfalling hurricane to hit the United States, just behind Hurricane Andrew, which also hit Florida.
There is a slight risk of severe weather for locations east of Interstate 20 on Thursday. A Slight Risk designation means that severe storms are capable of producing short-lived isolated intense storms. That includes the possibility of isolated tornadoes during the early morning hours. Keep in mind overnight tornadoes tend to be the most dangerous because they occur while people are sleeping.
While the Midlands remains under both a flash flood watch and a tropical storm warning until Thursday evening.
- Wind gusts could reach up to 55 mph with sustained winds up between 20 to 40 mph.
- Isolated tornado formation is possible
- Flash flooding is also possible with 3-6 inches of rain with locally higher amounts possible.
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