Michael strengthens further; could become a category 3 hurricane later today

Hurricane Central

Hurricane Michael has strengthened further today and will likely become a category three hurricane before making landfall on the Florida panhandle Wednesday.

Michael will spread heavy rain, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes north across southern Georgia and into South Carolina Wednesday into Thursday.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties in advance of Michael.

“We will likely see a period of tropical storm conditions late Wednesday into Thursday as Michael’s center passes near or just to the northwest of the Lowcountry,” said Josh Marthers. “Wind gusts up to 55 mph could bring down some trees and power lines across parts of the Lowcountry.”

Storm Team 2 is forecasting 3-6″ of rain, which combined with higher than normal tides, could produce minor to moderate flooding, especially closer to the coast.

“Landfalling hurricanes on the Florida panhandle are notorious tornado producers in the Carolinas,” added Marthers. “We will be keeping a close eye on this threat over the next day or two.”

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