October 11, 2018


Tropical Storm Michael 





By Charles Duncan  cduncan@mcclatchy.com

October 11, 2018 05:12 AM


After coming ashore as one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, Matthew is making its way across the Carolinas Thursday. National Weather Service forecasters predict the Grand Strand will see tropical storm-force winds and some rain Thursday, bringing the risk of tornadoes and power outages.


Based on the Weather Service forecast for Horry County and the Pee Dee region, the highest winds will be closest to the beach. The further inland, the more rain. Much of the Midlands and upstate region could see 2 to 4 inches of rain Thursday.


Winds along the Grand Strand began to pick up overnight and the National Weather Service in Wilmington recorded 35 mph wind speed by 4 a.m. Thursday.

The most recent forecast along the beach calls for winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 45 mph, along with an inch of rain over the course of the day. As of 5 a.m. Thursday the center of Tropical Storm Michael was 210 miles west of Myrtle Beach, according to the Weather Service.


The entire region is under a tornado watch. The Weather Service is also warning of a 1 to 3-foot storm surge.


With the ground still saturated from Hurricane Florence last month, the Weather Service warns that the winds could knock down trees and cause power outages.


Inland Horry County will also see about an inch of rain, according to the latest Weather Service forecast, and 20 to 30-mph winds Thursday. Inland Horry County will also see about an inch of rain, according to the latest Weather Service forecast, and 20 to 30-mph winds Thursday.


The Waccamaw River is still at moderate flood stage, but Thursday’s rains are not expected to cause additional problems along the river, the Weather Service notes.


Horry County schools will be closed Thursday as the storm makes its way across the region.


By David Wetzel

October 07, 2018 03:35 PM

Michael has formed.

The tropical system that has been brewing in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday reached tropical-storm strength, becoming Tropical Storm Michael, with the forecast to become a hurricane later in the week.

 The Grand Strand is in the projected path and could feel tropical-storm effects between Wednesday and Friday. As of the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, our area has a 20-30 percent chance of feeling tropical-storm-force winds.

 The system was located 130 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and moving north-northeast at 3 mph with maximum winds of 50 mph at the time of the update. “Strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Michael could become a hurricane by Monday night or Tuesday,” are according to the NHC.

The current forecast has the storm reaching the U.S. mainland in western Florida as a Category 1 hurricane sometime Wednesday. The model has the storm passing through South Carolina sometime Thursday.

 A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of Cuba and the east coast of Mexico, which are expected to get substantial rainfall over the next few days, the NHC reports. Michael is expected to resume a slow northward trek Sunday while picking up speed in the coming days, according to the hurricane center.

 The storm is forecast to move near the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday before moving across the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night through Tuesday night, the NHC reports.

 The National Hurricane Center says the system’s tropical-storm-force winds reach out up to 205 miles, mainly to the north and east of the eye of the storm.

 “Interests along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf coast should monitor the progress of Michael,” the NHC says.




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