CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Here are the three main things you need to know about Hurricane Michael and its impact on the Carolinas, and for the the possibility of Fall weather finally showing up - as of 12 p.m. on Monday :
- First Alert Days: Wednesday and Thursday.
- Hurricane Michael will show itself into the midweek.
- Cooler FALL weather this weekend.
For Monday and Tuesday, we can again expect above-normal temperatures and chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms the next couple of days. This is thanks to a large area of high pressure off the North Carolina coast.
This HP center will provide strong East/Southeasterly flow coming off the Atlantic. Some of these storms will be capable of producing heavy downpours and the possibility of damaging winds. High temperatures will remain well above average through the midweek... with highs in the mid and low eighties.
Michael, was upgraded to hurricane status with the 11 a.m. update Monday from the National Hurricane Center. NHC guidance now suggests that Michael may rapidly intensify over the next 24-hours as it moves over the very warm Sea Surface Temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico.
Currently the National Hurricane Center has the intensity as a Cat 3 hurricane as it approaches the Florida panhandle on Wednesday afternoon.
As Michael begins to track towards the Carolinas we will be looking at the potential heavy rain, especially during the day on Thursday. But the rains will begin during the day Wednesday. Several inches of rain from the Piedmont and into the Western North Carolina mountains are possible over a 48-hour period starting on Wednesday.
WILL FALL FINALLY ARRIVE?
By the weekend we may finally get a Fall feel to the air. Cool dry high pressure builds in, in the wake of Michael. This will bring sunny skies and temperatures in the low seventies for both Saturday and Sunday.
It’s been a long, hot wait... but Fall may finally be ready to make an appearance.
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