Hurricane Michael strengthens to a Category 4
As Category 4 Hurricane Michael menaces the Florida Panhandle, South Florida has been sideswiped by some extra wind and rain atop the usual for this time of year.
“There is a chance of thunderstorms each day for the remainder of the week, and possibly into the weekend,” the National Weather Service’s Hazardous Weather Outlook for South Florida said. “The main hazards are: lightning, gusty wind, and heavy rain causing urban flooding.”
“Low-lying coastal areas prone to flooding from astronomical high tides could also see impacts from heavy rainfall that drains more slowly due to the elevated high tides,” the outlook says. “A coastal flood advisory is in effect for coastal sections of Collier and Mainland Monroe counties. A Coastal Flood statement is in effect for the east coast county coastal regions.”
That means South Floridians already experiencing the annual “King Tides” — the highest tides of the year — could see more flooding as the heavy rainfall takes longer to drain away.
On the beach, winds of 25 knots means there’s still a high risk of rip currents and a Small Craft Advisory for Gulf waters.