by The Press and Standard | October 10, 2018 9:25 am
...TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT... * LOCATIONS AFFECTED Inland and Coastal Colleton County * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph - POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force due to possible forecast changes in track, size, or intensity. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.
* FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts
* STORM INFORMATION: - About 460 miles west-southwest of Charleston SC or about 370 miles west-southwest of Savannah GA - 29.0N 86.3W - Storm Intensity 145 mph - Movement North or 10 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Major Hurricane Michael is forecast to make landfall along the Florida panhandle this afternoon. Michael is forecast to track northeastward across Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday gradually weakening to a tropical storm. The main hazards across Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia are expected to include tropical storm force winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rainfall, dangerous surf conditions, and coastal flooding. The primary time period for the most significant impacts is expected to be this afternoon through Thursday evening.
At 900 AM , the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 29.0 North, longitude 86.3 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the north- northeast is expected later this morning, with a turn toward the northeast expected this afternoon or tonight. A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is forecast on Thursday and Friday. On the forecast track, the eye of Michael is expected to move ashore over the Florida Panhandle later today, move northeastward across the southeastern United States tonight and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday. Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Michael is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall. After landfall, Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). A wind gust to 56 mph (91 km/h) was recently reported at Apalachicola Regional Airport. The estimated minimum central pressure based on NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hunter aircraft data is 933 mb (27.55 inches).