Hurricane Updates

Hurricane Michael

10/11/2018. 8:00 am: Hurricane Michael made landfall northwest of Mexico Beach, FL at approximately 1:30 as a category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds, making it the third strongest storm ever to hit the US. It cut a swath through the Florida Panhandle and into Georgia with power outages affecting nearly 700,000 customers. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is currently centered 40 miles west of Columbia, SC, with sustained winds of 50 mph. It will continue to move across South Carolina then into central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia later this afternoon or evening. Michael is forecasted to head into the Atlantic late tonight or Friday morning.

10/10/2018. 9:30 am: Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a Category 4 with sustained winds of 145 mph and is 80 miles south-southwest of Panama City. The storm is moving at 13 mph and expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon and then head northeast across Georgia and North and South Carolina before moving off the Atlantic Coast on Friday. Storm surges could reach 13 feet and affected areas could receive four to eight inches of rain with some getting as much as a foot.

10/9/2018. 8:26 am: The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Hurricane Michael to a Category 2 hurricane as of 8 am Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. The storm is forecast to make landfall over the Panhandle on Wednesday, possibly as a Category 3 storm, at a location anywhere from Destin to Apalachee Bay. Governor Rich Scott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties.

10/8/2018. 9:00 am: Hurricane Watches have been posted along the Northeast Florida Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Michael intensified Sunday with winds up to 70 mph. The watches include Penascola, Panama City and Tallahassee.  In addition, Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties.

The storm was located 90 miles east of Cozumel as of 5 am EDT Monday morning. The National Hurricane Center is expecting Michael to achieve Category 2 strength by landfall, which is forecast for Wednesday night/Thursday between the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend of Florida. Heavy storm surge flooding, rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches and winds of 74+ mph are expected.

Hurricane Florence

9/15/2018. 12:45 pm: At 11 am today, Saturday, the center of the storm was 40 miles west of Myrtle Beach, SC, and moving west at a speed of 2 mph. Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 45 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, potential rains of 30+ inches could trigger catastrophic flooding into next week. Florence is expected to turn northwest, then northward through the Ohio Valley by Monday.

9/14/2018. 8:25 am: Florence, now a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 90 mph and dumping 3 inches of ran an hour, made landfall at 7:15 am this morning near Wrightsville Beach, NC. Forecasters predict "catastrophic" flooding along the Carolinas due to the slow movement of the storm, with up to 40 inches falling in some areas along the Carolina coast.

9/13/2018. 9:30 am: Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 110 mph and, as 8 am this morning, was 170 miles east-south-east of Wilmington, NC, and 220 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, SC. The storm will approach the North and South Carolina coasts late Thursday or Friday but, because of potential slowing, exact timing for landfall is not certain. Though Florence has weakened, storm surges will be high, up to 13 feet, and as much as 40 inches of rain could fall. A tornado watch has issued through early Thursday evening as the storm approaches the coast.

9/12/2018. 9:45 am: Florence is a now a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph. At 8 a.m. Wednesday it was located 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, NC. It is now forecast to pause off the North Carolina coast late this week and then take a southward turn late Friday to make landfall on Saturday, potentially putting South Carolina in greater peril. Due to the predicted slowdown of the storm, North Carolina could see as much as 40 inches of rain, together with a life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds.

9/11/2018. 9:50 pm: With winds reaching 130 mph, Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm located 950 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, NC. It is expected to strengthen today to near Category 5 strength with winds at 150 to 155 mph before it hits the South or North Carolina coast Thursday night. Meteorologists are predicting heavy rain and flooding, with up to 30 inches of rain over the Carolinas and Virginia and storm surges potentially reaching 12 feet.

9/10/2018. 11:30 am: Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm (winds 96-129 mph) by the National Weather Service. Florence was approximately 625 miles southeast of Bermuda as of Monday 5 am  and now has current sustained winds at 115 mph with gusts up to 140 mph. The storm is forecasted to hit the North or South Carolina shore Thursday night or Friday morning. The Weather Service predicts a storm surge on the coast with swells up to 15 feet high with prolonged and heavy rainfall causing inland flooding and extensive damage due to hurricane-force winds. The storm is predicted to stall when it impacts land and could dump up to 20 inches of rain in some areas.

9/8/2018. 2:55 pm: Hurricane Florence is currently about 1500 miles from the East Coast of the US and is expected to become a major hurricane by late next week.  The risk of direct impact continues to increase and, though it's too early to forecast, the brunt of the storm is predicted to affect areas between northern Florida and North Carolina on Wednesday or Thursday, according to the the National Hurricane Center.

9/6/2018. 11:30 am: Hurricane Florence intensified Wednesday to a Category 4 Hurricane. It has since weakened back to a Category 2 with winds of 105 mph and is currently 1900 miles from the east coast of the United States. Forecasters say it is too soon to tell whether it will hit the US but potential impact would be within 6 or 7 days. Historically, storms on this track have never reached the States, though residents along the east coast should monitor the situation carefully. Even without directly impacting the US, Florence could result in heavy rains, high winds, dangerous surf and coastal flooding.

9/5/2018. 10:15 pm: Hurricane Florence has become the first major hurricane of the 2018 season with sustained winds of 120 mph. Currently tracking close to Bermuda, the storm will move in a west to northwest direction across the waters of the eastern Atlantic. Its path is still open to a number of scenarios but should be monitored by hurricane prone areas on the east coast.

9/5/2018. 10:00 am: Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Mississippi and Alabama border after 10 pm local time with winds of 70 mph. The storm has weakened and is now a tropical depression with winds falling to 50 mph but is expected to slow down and dump up to a foot of rain from Florida's western panhandle to southern Arkansas.

9/4/2018. 10:17 pm: Current maximum winds of 65 mph. Following watches and warnings are in effect:

  • Storm Surge Warning in effect for Shell Beach to Dauphin Island
  • Storm Surge Watch in effect for West of Shell Beach to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east of Dauphin Island to Navarre
  • Hurricane Warning in effect for Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida Border
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for West of the Mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle, including lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepa and Alabama-Florida Border to Okaloosa-Walton County Line
9/4/2018. 5 pm: Tropical Storm Gordon is nearing the Gulf Coast, bearing down for landfall around 8 pm EST with winds of 75 mph.  States of Emergency have been prompted in Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Alabama. Gusty winds, heavy rain and potential flooding is expected.