CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The 11pm update on Hurricane Michael currently has max sustained winds down to 75mph and 45 miles SSW of Macon Georgia moving NE 17mph. A Tornado Watch has been issued until 7am for most of South Carolina including York, Chester, Lancaster and Chesterfield counties.
By Thursday the Northeastern motion is expected to increase as Michael gets picked up by a surface front that will accelerate it quickly up through Georgia and the Carolinas before exiting out to sea.
WBTV viewing area tonight: Steady rain has ended for the evening and it looks like we are now in a little bit of a lull that will last overnight before Michael approaches by first thing Thursday. Isolated thunderstorms will develop across the South Carolina territory and some will be capable of spinning up weak tornadoes.
WBTV viewing area Thursday: Things go downhill throughout the morning as heavy rain and wind arrive with the center of Michael sliding by to our Southeast. The period of peak winds and rain will roll through the area throughout Thursday afternoon.
We can expect periods of heavy rain and strong winds. Several inches of rain (3-5") here in the Charlotte metro are possible. Even heavier amounts of rain (5"+) 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. In fact, by Thursday evening conditions will be quickly improving.
By Friday morning skies are clear, the sun is out, and temps will be in the 50s. Hello, Fall! Cooler air and sunshine will dominate the weather pattern for Saturday and Sunday.