Hurricane Michael crashed into the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon with peak winds of 155 mph. The most devastating impacts were felt along the coast, where winds gusted to 130 mph and storm surge rose to 8 feet.

Michael’s intensification also caused hurricane conditions to extend well inland, and it increased the severity of the forecast for regions still in the path of this fast-moving storm, including parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.

Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm.


Thursday: Rain tapers off rapidly after sunrise. A cold front pushes the remnants of Michael to the east, and winds could strengthen behind the cold front. Lingering power outages are possible.

Total rainfall: One to three inches

Augusta, Ga.

Thursday: After sunrise, lighter rain will continue through noon and winds should weaken. Lingering power outages are possible. Rain will move out of the region in the early afternoon.

Total rainfall: Two to four inches

Columbia, S.C.

Thursday: The heaviest rain begins early and lasts from around 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Rain will be torrential at times and lead to flash flooding. At the same time, sustained winds will max out around 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Rain will come to an abrupt end late Thursday afternoon. Winds remain slightly elevated through midnight.

Total rainfall: Three to five inches


Thursday: Scattered thunderstorms turn to persistent heavy rain around sunrise. At the same time, winds intensify to 15 to 20 mph out of the east with gusts to 35 mph. Rain clears out in the early evening but elevated winds continue through midnight. Rain could be torrential at times, leading to flash flooding. Power outages are likely if winds are strong enough to bring down wet branches and trees in waterlogged soil.

Total rainfall: Three to five inches


Thursday: Rain from two sources — Michael and a cold front — converges into the early morning hours. Wind speed increases in the late morning to around 20 mph by early afternoon with gusts to 30 mph. Michael’s heaviest rain begins in the early afternoon and continues through 5 or 6 p.m., at which point flash flooding will be possible. Remaining showers taper off quickly after 8 p.m. as the cold front pushes Michael east. Strong winds continue due to the passing of the cold front, and scattered power outages are possible.

Total rainfall: Two to four inches

Norfolk and Virginia Beach region

Thursday: Rain all day, and it could be torrential at times. Depending on the path of Michael’s moisture plume, some areas could get upward of six inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Winds out of the south gust to 35 mph in Norfolk and 55 mph on the Capes.

Friday: Showers in the morning turn to mostly clear skies in the afternoon. Winds turn around from the northwest behind the cold front and gust to around 40 mph inland and as high as 60 mph on the Capes.

Total rainfall: Three to six inches