The Euro model (ECMWF) forecasts Tropical Depression Fourteen to make landfall as Hurricane Michael at the Florida Panhandle along the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Tropical Depression Fourteen is currently located about 90 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico, moving slowly tracking north-northwest with maximum winds of 35 miles per hour.
UPDATE: This forecast has been updated for Monday, October 8, 2018. It can be found here.
The NHC forecast, which along with other models has underperformed juxtaposed to the ECMWF, shows Michael moving inland at southeastern Alabama and the Florida panhandle and into Georgia late Wednesday night. Early Thursday morning, it is expected to weaken to a tropical storm, though still maintaining winds of 50 miles per hour.
The NHC advisory predicts the storm will track almost due north, also putting the Alabama coast in the cone. The concern is that the storm’s path is widespread across the Southeast, and its impact will be felt beyond the Gulf Coast.
“Storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts are possible over portions of the northern Gulf Coast by mid-week, although it is too soon to specify the exact location and magnitude of these impacts,” the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. “Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of this system.”
The system, currently named Tropical Depression Fourteen, is expected to become Tropical Storm Michael later Sunday and begin to track its northern path through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center forecasts it will move inland as Tropical Storm Michael and the system will maintain some strength as it moves up through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and into Virginia with tropical storm winds of 50 miles per hour and flooding potential on a sort of nor’easter track.
The NHC model predicts Tropical Storm Michael will be in Virginia, near the coast, at 1:00 AM EST Friday next week.
Hurricane Michael is forecast to be a Category 1 storm when it makes landfall, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Hurricane strength is 74 miles per hour.
The latest National Hurricane Center forecast models track, likely to shift some as the storm approaches, show Hurricane Michael hitting the Florida panhandle somewhere between Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Panama City, Port Saint Joe, and Apalachicola on Wednesday.
The latest Michael/Tropical Depression Fourteen Spaghetti models agree Michael will hit the northern Gulf Coast most likely Wednesday between Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Tropical Depression Fourteen is currently located about 90 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico, moving slowly to the north-northwest with maximum winds of 35 miles per hour.
H/T: Tropical Tidbits