The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for all of southeast North Carolina.
After making landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a vicious Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, Michael, now a tropical storm, will streak northeastward across the Carolinas Thursday. The narrative remains: for the Cape Fear Region, Michael will be no Florence. Michael will bring a quick round of tropical storm conditions; Florence was, of course, a long-lasting hurricane. After Michael’s Thursday night exit, a pleasant, seasonably cool and dry fall high pressure system will build in for Friday and weekend.
YOUR FORECAST FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AND BEYOND: Rivers may be swollen but not likely in a state of major flood. Winds will have shifted to the west or northwest by Thursday night. Initially, they still could ping tropical storm-force, but they’ll settle nicely by daybreak Friday. Also for Thursday night into Friday morning: expect a clearing, drying trend with temperatures diving to the 60s. And for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: enjoy sun, low rain chances, easy humidity levels, daily highs in the seasonable 70s, and nightly lows mainly in the crisp 50s.