Hurricane Michael came inland Wednesday afternoon along the Florida panhandle just below category 5 strength causing catastrophic damage. It has since weakened into a tropical storm but will still pack a punch as it quickly moves across the Carolinas Thursday.
Travel Advisory in effect for Richmond International Airport
Michael will bring several threats to North Carolina. Heavy downpours in a short amount of time could lead to flash flooding. The greatest risk for flooding will come across the Piedmont where three to seven inches of rain is forecast. Lower amounts are now expected in the mountains and near the coast. Areas of southeastern North Carolina including Wilmington that saw at least two feet of rain during Hurricane Florence should only see around one to two inches of rain from Michael.
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – As hurricane Michael moves north, the Richmond International airport has issued a travel advisory, cancelling or delaying numerous flights.
Strong wind gusts will also be a concern across the state Thursday. Gusts will range from 25 to 50mph with the highest gusts expected in the afternoon from near the Triangle and Sandhills to the coast. The winds combined with a saturated ground could lead to downed trees and spotty power outages.
The airport urges you to check in with your airline via website or mobile app regarding your flight status prior to leaving for the airport.
Brief tornadoes could spin up as well near and to the east of Michaels track. That would place the threat for tornadoes mainly in an area from around the Triangle and Sandhills to the coast.
Rain from Michael and the threat for any tornadoes will come to an end through Thursday evening. Clearing skies are expected across the state through the night. Sunshine will return for Friday and much of the weekend.
Michael may bring sustained winds of 20 to 30 MPH, with potential gusts possible between 40 and 50 mph.