Michael Moving South Of Columbus
Rain Ending Tonight
Hurricane Michael made it onshore in the panhandle of Florida shortly before 2pm as a category 4 storm, packing sustained winds of 155 mph!
The storm is now located in Georgia, and increasing its forward speed, allowing the heaviest rain to be over by midnight/1am tonight. However, between now and then, there will be an average of 2-4″ of rain, but less northwest and more southeast. Hurricane force winds of 74+ mph are expected for an hour or two southeast and Columbus, allowing some trees to be knocked down along with power outages; let alone the flash flooding. In and around Columbus and points northwest, there will be some tropical storm force winds, but once again, only for a brief period of time. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out through this evening, unfortunately.
Conditions will begin to improve overnight as drier air moves into the picture. Unfortunately, it will be a clean-up operation for some. Winds will gust over 30 mph overnight, but from the northwest on the back side of the weakening storm.
Sunshine returns Thursday with a huge dip in humidity. The coolest weather at night since the first week of May will arrive Thursday night and Friday night. The weekend will remain comfortable.