Tropical Storm Michael has been making its way through North Carolina. This storm is nipping at our heels and will cross over the Tidewater Region later this evening. Winds are still sustained at 50 MPH as it moves northeast at 24 MPH. The good news is, Michael is moving along quickly..unlike Florence.
We will be dealing with the worst part of this storm from now until 2 AM. Expect steady rain first, then you’ll notice the winds really picking up as we get on the back edge of this departing system. In addition to rain and wind, isolated tornadoes are possible.
We already had two tornado warnings pop up in Suffolk. These will be quick little spin ups, but can cause some damage.
The heaviest rain will be crossing the region through 11 PM.
Based on the track, it still looks like the highest rainfall totals will be north and west of the Metro, especially towards Richmond/Petersburg.
Expected rainfall totals:
Southside – 1″ to 2″
Peninsula – 1.5″ to 2.5″
Middle Peninsula – 2″ to 4″
Eastern Shore – 2″ to 4″
Northern Neck – 3″ to 4″
Outer Banks – 1/2″ to 1″
Inland NC – 1″ to 2″
There could be locally higher amounts depending on some isolated downpours. Flash flooding is still possible.
As I said before, once the steady rain starts to push away, the winds will pick up.
Winds will initially out of the south and southeast, then switch out of the west and northwest as the storm moves away and the cold front pushes through.
Between 11 PM to 2 AM, winds will be sustained between 25 to 35 MPH, gusting to 50 to 60 MPH at times. The highest wind gusts will be closer to the coast where a HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued.
By Friday morning, Michael will be long gone. It’ll still be a little windy to start the day, but then the winds will back off by midday. Expect lots of sunshine with highs in the upper-60s.
We’ll have updates throughout the night! Be sure you let us know what is going on where you live on Facebook and Twitter!
-Meteorologist Ashley Baylor