A tropical weather system that rapidly formed off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula earlier this week could bring heavy precipitation to the Upstate.
Hurricane Michael, which is currently moving north through the Gulf of Mexico at about 12 mph, strengthened on Tuesday morning to a Category 2 storm, according to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Michael will strike the Florida Panhandle by late Wednesday as a Category 3 storm with winds in excess of 110 mph.
As Hurricane Michael weakens into a tropical storm, its track is expected to cross the Midlands region of South Carolina on Thursday and push into central North Carolina, producing substantial precipitation throughout the Upstate, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
NWS officials said the Panhandle and Big Bend across Georgia into South Carolina could see 4 to 8 inches of rain. Greenville and surrounding areas throughout the Upstate are expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain between Wednesday night and Friday.
“Rounds of tropical-like showers are expected ahead of the storm Wednesday, with the main direct impacts of Michael expected late Wednesday night thru Thursday,” NWS officials wrote in a Tuesday morning forecast discussion.
Tornado threats and stronger winds are expected to remain south of Greenville unless the storm’s track shifts west, according the NWS.
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10 safety tips that could save your life during a hurricane:
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency
- If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
- Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
- Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters.
- Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
- Plan on how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
- Keep your car in good working condition and keep the gas tank full. Stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
- Turn on your television or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
- Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
- Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.