Michael zeros in on Panama City

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Hurricane Michael’s latest track points it toward the Panama City Beach area. (Weather Decision Technologies)

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 9, 2018, 5 p.m.—It appears Hurricane Michael has a fix on the Panama City area as it moves toward landfall sometime Wednesday afternoon.

Slight wobbles east and west, commonly referred to as a “windshield-wiper effect,” are expected until actual landfall.

Although the National Hurricane Center forecast brings the center of Michael onshore Wednesday afternoon, conditions will deteriorate along the northeastern Gulf Coast tonight.

As a result, this area continues to be under a hurricane warning.

Michael is still moving north-northwest to north at about 12 mph. The hurricane should turn due north this evening, then northeast Wednesday, according to the NHC.

The NHC is forecasting for Michael to continue to strengthen during the next 12-to-24 hours.

Winds have increased to 120 mph and Michael is expected to be a strong Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds at landfall.

And while all eyes are focused on Hurricane Michael, out in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Nadine made an appearance in time for the 11 a.m. NHC update.

Nadine is expected to be short-lived, dissipating within the next four days.

And just because no one’s talked about Tropical Storm Leslie for awhile, that system is expected to spin back up to a hurricane sometime between now and Wednesday before making a turn back toward the west coast of Africa as a tropical storm.

 

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