MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – We are carefully watching Tropical Storm Michael as it moves north toward the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen over the next several days.
The system is spreading heavy rains across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Cuba on Sunday.
The current track takes Michael to a category one hurricane before it makes landfall somewhere along the Panhandle of Florida or the Gulf Shores of Alabama during the day on Wednesday. The storm then moves to the northeast as a tropical storm over the Southeast US.
As of the latest forecast, the Lowcountry is in for tropical downpours and gusty winds. Currently we expect 2″-4″ of rain with locally higher amounts. Tropical storm force winds are possible as early as Tuesday night and lasting into the day on Wednesday. There’s also the threat for isolated tornadoes. But all of these impacts are highly dependent on the track. A shift west or east would change the forecast quite a bit. So stay tuned to Storm Team 2 for the latest.