Rain, possible storms move in as Michael makes landfall in Florida

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hurricane Michael remains a very strong Category 4 storm. Michael will make land fall over the next couple of hours along the Florida panhandle.

For a bit of perspective, on Monday morning Michael was a disorganized tropical storm. In the last 48 hours, Michael has exploded in strength and has grown into a massive Category 4 hurricane. One of the greatest threats to Florida will be a massive storm surge along Florida’s big bend. A surge of up to 12 feet is possible.

Conditions will rapidly deteriorate late this afternoon and early into the evening.

WBTV viewing area today: We can expect mainly cloudy skies and periods of rain. Rain showers will be moving from the south to the north during the day today. Embedded thunderstorms into the afternoon are also possible.

WBTV viewing are Thursday: Peak winds and rain will reach the Carolinas on Thursday afternoon. We can expect periods of heavy rain and strong winds. Several inches of rain here in the Charlotte metro are possible. Even heavier amounts of rain are possible south and east of the Charlotte area. The good news is that Hurricane Michael has a head of steam and will quickly roll away from the Carolinas.

By Friday morning the skies will clear, and the sun will come out. Heading into the weekend, we’ve got a real Fall weekend on top. Cooler air and sunshine will dominate the weather pattern for Saturday and Sunday.

We’ll keep you updated from the WBTV First Alert Weather Center.

And don’t forget you can track Hurricane Michael’s path now and get alerted to changes specific to your area with the free WBTV First Alert Weather app, which you can download here.

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