Monitoring Tropical Storm Michael
Michael has weakened to a Tropical Storm and was over Georgia/South Carolina at sunrise Thursday morning (10/11/18). The storm will continue to slowly weaken today and is quickly moving towards A&N Electric Cooperative's service territory.
While it has weakened, the storm still has the potential to cause some scattered power outages associated with high winds and heavy rain when it reaches the local area. The cooperative will continue to monitor the storm and is prepared to respond to any outage issues it creates locally.
A High Wind Warning has been issued for the local area. The area is expected to see effects from the storm later this afternoon with the peak effects of the storm passing through late tonight into early Friday morning.
U.S. National Weather Service Forecast Details:
- 3 to 4 inches of rain is expected from late this afternoon through early Friday morning across much of the area. This amount of rainfall in a short time could lead to localized flash flooding. Inland sections will be impacted by this heavy rainfall for the evening commute. We are also concerned for the potential for isolated tornadoes over southeastern portions of the area late this afternoon and this evening. Be weather aware and be sure you have a way to get warnings later today should they be issued.
- Winds will increase tonight before peaking around and after midnight early Friday morning. Storm, Gale, and High Wind Warnings are in effect for our marine and coastal areas, and a wind advisory is in effect for most of our area tonight. Wind gusts to 50 MPH are possible inland, with wind gusts to 60 MPH possible along the Southeast Virginia coast. High wind gusts will likely result in some downed trees and scattered power outages, and could impact the commute tomorrow morning.
- Overall, It is important to focus on the impacts rather than the exact headlines. Even though we are under non-tropical headlines (High Wind Warnings over land and Gale/Storm Warnings over water), be prepared for impacts that are very similar to a tropical storm or a strong Nor'easter in the warning areas.