Frank Strait

Michael to hit parts of the Southeast hard this week, other risks in the Plains

By Frank Strait, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
10/07/2018, 8:15:05 PM

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A lot of weather is going to happen this week! The primary concern is Tropical Storm Michael, which will cross the Gulf of Mexico and likely will be a hurricane when it reaches the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. In addition to the high wind risk, which may extend into parts of Alabama and Georgia, a large part of the Southeast will see excessive rainfall from Michael. This will include the area hit hard by Florence in the Carolinas and this will set back the recovery efforts. There will be a tornado risk for some areas, too. Elsewhere, the weather isn't going to be quiet over the rest of the South. A sharp and slow-moving cold front will produce rounds of rain and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes for areas along and west of the Mississippi River. There is a threat for flooding in some of these areas, too. This front eventually will sweep across the Southeast and push Michael away. Behind this front, we finally get a true taste of fall weather as much cooler air spills into the South, even into Florida. There is one other concern, which is the East Pacific Hurricane Sergio. It will be turning back to the east, heading into Mexico and the southwestern U.S. Friday into next weekend. Another round of heavy rain may affect parts of Texas this upcoming weekend as a result. Also, we'll have our eye out for one more Atlantic basin tropical cyclone starting in 7-10 days.

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