Hurricane Michael will come ashore on the panhandle of Florida today. Sustained winds of 140 mph this morning portend disaster for the area. Its remnants, still maintaining tropical storm force winds, will effect Delmarva during the day on Thursday into the day on Friday.
Although the winds will die down substantially Delmarva will still be subjected to very heavy rainfall…perhaps 3 to 6 inches or more, as depicted in the above graphic from NOAA. The heaviest of the precipitation should occur overnight Thursday and the winds will pick up a great deal. That obviously will lead to coastal flooding and difficult driving conditions. My advice is to just stay home!
The only good news is that Michael is a fast moving system that will only subject us to, at most, about 24 hours of rain. Once the storm passes, temperatures will finally fall to where they should be for mid October and residents of Delmarva will experience bountiful sunshine by Saturday. You may even see sunshine on Friday afternoon.