The forecast is for this to become Tropical Storm Michael either late Sunday or early Monday morning. The low is expected to become a tropical depression later today and a tropical storm by tonight.
Winds were forecast to drop in intensity as the system tracks northeast over Alabama, Georgia and SC, reaching North Carolina by Thursday. For us in the CSRA, we could see rain along with a threat for isolated tornadoes on Wednesday and Thursday.
All of the forecasters cautioned that conditions could change quickly and urged residents across the Gulf Coast to stay abreast of the storm's progress.
Hurricane Leslie is now moving north after stalling over the Central Atlantic.
Keep updated this weekend and check back in with us.
As of the update, the storm was moving northwest at 6 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds at 30 miles per hour. The low could gradually acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics over the next few days while the system moves generally eastward and remains over warm waters.
Wind: tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by tonight, making outside preparations hard or risky. An intense cold front is set to move in during the Tuesday/Wednesday timeframe! A northward motion should continue across the east-central Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday, before a gradual northeastward turn is possible late Tuesday into Wednesday.