Tracking Michael: Michael moves into the Carolinas with strong 50 mph winds

Tracking Michael: Michael moves into the Carolinas with strong 50 mph winds
Tropical Storm Michael is moving into the Carolinas and is bringing wind gusts of 50 mph

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The latest update from the National Hurricane Center is in and Michael is still holding at 50 mph winds, with higher gusts. It is moving to the NE at 21 mph.

Our biggest concerns continue to be heavy rain and gusty winds. The heaviest rain has just started moving into the WBTV viewing area and we have several more hours ahead.

Rain fall totals have shifted just a little from yesterday. The heaviest rain should be just west of I-77. Rainfall totals could range from 3″- 4″ are in Gaston County into eastern Lincoln and Catawba… and then into Iredell. For the rest of us, 2″-3” aren’t out of the question. The problem is how fast the rain will fall. There could certainly be localized flooding in some places. Remember – turn around, don’t drown!

Some places in the WBTV viewing area could see up to 4" of rain
Some places in the WBTV viewing area could see up to 4" of rain

Winds will also be picking up. The highest will be from about midday into the afternoon. Winds could gust up to 40-50 mph. We all know what happens when heavy rain and gusty winds mix… trees and power lines could start to come down.

The good news is that the storm will be fairly short lived – certainly compared to Florence. It should all be out of here by this evening. Friday and the weekend look nice and fall-like.

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