Michael to bring heavy rain, wind

Weather ser­vice says 4-6 inches of rain pos­si­ble, mostly in evening hours

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By John Adam Mul­ti­me­dia Ed­i­tor

Hur­ri­cane Michael be­gan pum­mel­ing the Flor­ida pan­han­dle on Wed­nes­day as a Cat­e­gory 4 storm.

Though res­i­dents in the Cen­tral Vir­ginia area will quickly be­gin to feel the ef­fects of the fast-mov­ing storm as it makes its way up the At­lantic Coast. Ac­cord­ing to Jeff Or­rock, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Wake­field, around 4-6 inches of rain could fall in the area be­gin­ning Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“We’ll def­i­nitely see the rain in­creas­ing be­gin­ning on Thurs­day,” said Or­rock. “We’ll see some waves of rain through­out the af­ter­noon, but in the evening is when we’re go­ing to see it in­crease more.”

Or­rock said be­tween ear­lyevening and mid­night is when most of the rain will fall. Res­i­dents should be cau­tious on their af­ter­noon or evening com­mutes, as flood­ing could oc­cur.

“We are con­cerned about flood­ing with that much rain com­ing that quickly,” said Or­rock.

The storm will also cause wind gusts around 25 mph.

“Af­ter the rain ends, around 1 a.m on Fri­day, is when we’ll see the peak wind,” said Or­rock.

Or­rock said a power­outage “here or there” is pos­si­ble, and that the winds will con­tinue into Fri­day.

How­ever, the storm will push some cooler tem­per­a­tures into the re­gion. The ex­pected high for Satur­day and Sun­day is in the mid60s, with lows in the 40s.

“Cooler air will be com­ing in be­hind this thing,” said Or­rock. “It’s

go­ing to feel like a good tem­per­a­ture drop.”

Hur­ri­cane Michael was de­scribed as “un­prece­dented” when it hit the Flor­ida Pan­han­dle on Wed­nes­day, with wind gusts of over 150 mph and a life-threat­en­ing storm surge, which of­fi­cials said could reach 13 feet. Videos posted to so­cial me­dia showed trees get­ting snapped,

flooded houses, and waves crash­ing over sea walls along the Flor­ida’s Gulf coast­line.

The storm will move quickly up through Ge­or­gia and the Caroli­nas be­fore mov­ing off the coast on Fri­day.

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