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Tuesday morning First Alert forecast (10/09/2018)

Tuesday morning First Alert forecast (10/09/2018)
Posted at 3:31 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 07:28:13-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Hurricane Michael will bear down on the Panhandle or Big Bend coast tomorrow, meaning that preparation for the storm should be drawing to a close before nightfall today.

Tuesday: A breezy and partly cloudy day is expected with morning temperatures starting off in the mid to upper 70s. The afternoon is anticipated to have highs in the lower to mid 80s. Scattered showers and storms are possible through the day, with rain coverage around 50%.

Tropical Storm Conditions are not expected over land, though marine interests may encounter tropical storm force winds later in the day.

Wednesday into Thursday: Hurricane Michael will make landfall sometime Wednesday. This is when it will bring it's greatest impacts to the region. HURRICANE WARNINGS, TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS, and STORM SURGE WARNINGS are in place (see below).

From the National Hurricane Center...

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida to Anclote River Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Anclote River Florida to Anna Maria Island Florida, including
Tampa Bay
* Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River Florida
* The Cuban province of Pinar del Rio

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border
* Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka Florida
* The Cuban province of the Isle of Youth

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay
* Mississippi/Alabama border to the Mouth of the Pearl River

Depending on where exactly landfall occurs, that will ultimately determine who receives the worst weather, but tropical storm impacts are nearly certain across the majority of the  region. Hurricane force winds/gusts are also very possible (specifically counties under Hurricane Warnings).

Heavy rains can lead to flash flooding. Up to 10 inches of rain are possible in some sections of the Big Bend. Coastal areas will have a growing threat of significant and life-threatening storm surge. Inundation in some areas may reach up to 8-12 feet. Expect lows in the mid to upper 70s with highs in the lower to mid 80s.

Friday into Saturday: Cooler and drier air moves in as the front carrying Michael north and northeast pushes south of us. Expect lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s (cooler on Saturday AM). Highs are expected to be in the lower to mid 80s. Skies will likely be mainly sunny.

You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each weekday morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. First Alert Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.

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