TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL
Keep an eye on this one if you’re among those spending fall break on the Gulf Coast — you could have a hurricane on the way by early Wednesday. Plus: We’re tracking to see what impact the storm might have on our weather late Tuesday through early Thursday in Northwest Georgia. Expect up to two inches of rain.
At 5 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Michael was located near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 85.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north-northeast near 3 mph (6 km/h). A northward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move over the Yucatan Channel on Monday, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Tuesday night, and approach the northeastern Gulf coast on Wednesday. Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next few days, and Michael is forecast to become a hurricane Monday night or Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to continue to develop across the Gulf of Mexico and potentially move across portions of north and central Georgia Wednesday into Thursday. There is still great uncertainty with the strength and timing of this system so the forecast will likely change, but at this time, the primary hazards would be strong gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall and weak short-lived tornadoes.
This Afternoon: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind around 5 mph.
Columbus Day: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 71.
Wednesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 82. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 80%.