Oct 11, 2018, 3:45 PM ET

Michael forecast: What to expect across the South and Northeast from 'monstrous' storm

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Hurricane Michael is heading north after it ripped through the Florida Panhandle as the strongest storm to come ashore in the U.S. since 1969.

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After barreling through Georgia, Michael hit North Carolina on Thursday, where life-threatening flash floods are possible. By Thursday night, the system will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Northeast and then move out to the Atlantic by Friday morning.

The storm has killed four people in Florida and one person, an 11-year-old girl, in Georgia.

Here is what to expect and when across the South and East Coast

Thursday

Michael has now weakened to a tropical storm and is moving quickly north through North Carolina and Virginia.

Black Mountain, North Carolina, has been drenched by over 9 inches of rain as of Thursday afternoon -- with more rain still falling.

North Carolina is still recovering from last month's Hurricane Florence which dumped massive amounts of rain and caused behind deadly flooding -- and could face rain in those same areas.

For North Carolina, "Michael isn't as bad as Florence but adds insult to injury," Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Thursday.

PHOTO: Hurricane Michael is seen from the International Space Station, Oct. 10, 2018.NASA
Hurricane Michael is seen from the International Space Station, Oct. 10, 2018.

"The ragged but raging remains of Hurricane Michael is over us," the governor warned.

High winds may hit North Carolina and Virginia Thursday and tornadoes are possible in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

But it's not just the South in the storm's path. Thursday afternoon a cold front will push east combining its heavy rain with Michael’s moisture, threatening heavy rain from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia through Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

By Thursday night, some heavy rain from Michael will brush through Long Island and New Jersey, where flash flooding is possible.

Some areas as far north as southern New Jersey could see up to 6 inches of rain.

Friday

By mid-Friday morning, the entire storm system will push off the East Coast.

PHOTO: A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018. Gerald Herbert/AP
A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018.

A Category 4 landfall

Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 Wednesday afternoon with whopping 155 mph winds.

A hurricane reaching 157 mph is in the highest category, a Category 5.

PHOTO: A man walks past damaged stores after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct.10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A man walks past damaged stores after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct.10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla.

Described by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as "monstrous," Michael was the worst storm to hit the Florida Panhandle region since the mid-1800s and the first Category 4 hurricane to come ashore in the region on record.

Storm surge reached over 9 feet in Apalachicola, Florida.

PHOTO: A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. Gerald Herbert/AP
A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

PHOTO: Hotel employees look at a canopy that just collapsed, as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.Gerald Herbert/AP
Hotel employees look at a canopy that just collapsed, as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

As cleanup and rescues were underway Thursday, Gov. Scott urged residents who evacuated and hunkered down at home to stay off the roads.

Among those helping were about 450 Florida Highway Patrol officers, many of whom drove through the night to the Panhandle to aid with rescues.

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  • James Renn

    Good luck to those in those areas, take the safest option always,, things can be replaced, people and pets not..

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    "Residents should treat Michael’s eyewall like a 15-mile-wide tornado."

    Just saw this as it gives a better perspective of the intensity of this storm,. A tornado does extensive damage but it's not very wide. A 15 mile wide one? Wow.

    And we still hear from Trumpers who say there is nothing to fear. This is all normal. We should do nothing just sit back year after year as the number and intensity of storms continue to increase. After all, Trump's wall will take care of everything.

  • tet1953

    I know..it's FL, and FL gets hurricanes. And I know the deniers will scoff, but almost every storm is major now. The globe has seen "evers" of every type in the last decade: worst hurricanes ever, worst droughts ever, worst snowfall ever, worst rainfall ever, it goes on. Still, they will scoff.

  • dotard-award

    With a strong Cat 4 hurricane slamming Florida, Faux News has Hillary's picture front and center along with the "angry democrats" trying to milk the Kavanaugh confirmation.... day 956 of Hillary's picture on Faux News.

  • David

    Those who decided to "ride it out" will be like those who rode out Ike along the Bolivar Peninsula, never heard of again. Some lucky folks might survive the winds, luck out and don't have a tornado drop on them, but no one survives a storm surge of 12' along a beach coast unless they live in concrete fortresses or cabins 15' above sea level.

  • Stanley

    I expect a lot of flooding, property damage and loss of lives, the same old same old. Some people won't or can't leave.

  • benevolent_dictator

    Why is this category 4 storm called "unprecedented" in the title? Being unprecedented is that this has never occurred, yet cat 4's have hit Florida in the past many times.

  • Suspect Everything

    Can't wait to watch all the news folks on tv tonight being outside filming this. Maybe this will be the one that takes Anderson Cooper for a ride???

  • MauiOhana808

    BE SAFE!!!
    Aloha :^o

  • nected

    Just listened to a woman telling reporters that she decided to remain in her beach "compound" of trailers. That's right... trailers. She's "hoping for the best". With winds of 150 mph and a huge storm surge, I wonder if they'll ever recover her remains.

  • Paul Iannello

    Gee..i hope that guy in the yellow raincoats alright.... :)

  • Nearl56 12

    I’ve heard a certain someone say that this a particularly windy Hurricane as opposed to that extremely wet hurricane Florence that we experienced a few weeks ago.

  • Steve Annie

    If you're even suspect of why we're getting a lot more hurricanes, you might want to ask why Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords. The fisheries are starting to fail across the planet, the heat is going up, we're getting more and violent storms and Trump and his followers are making it a point to say it is all hoax. There's something far more important to the planet than red meat politics.

  • Timulculin

    Hopefully there will be a lot of death and destruction, so Trump will be out of the headlines for a few days.

  • MandalayBay328

    "Hurricane Michael forecast: What to expect from the unprecedented Category 4 storm"

    Water - lots and lots of wet water. The wettest water out there.

  • concernedvoter

    Trump will either be out Golfing, Campaigning or on FAUX news Attacking Dems today and will figure out what to do once he returns to the white house.

  • concernedvoter

    Per Trump, no need to leave your homes people, this is not a real Cat 4 or 5 Hurricane heading your way, just another Leftwing Propaganda Hyped up little summer shower to scare you into believing in Global Warming. No doubt Hillary and Obama had something to do with it..He knows, he is very smart and knows how these things happen.

  • Dukedaddy

    What to expect from the unprecedented Category 4 storm? Needless deaths because people didn't evacuate like they were suppose to.

  • concernedvoter

    Yeap, Trumps correct, Global Warming is just a big Hoax.. even though Hurricanes now turn from a Cat 1 to a Cat 4 or 5 in a day or two.. no more Cat 1, 2 or 3s that stay that way... LOL

  • Whosawhatsa

    How come they never list the scale they are using to judge the storm? Find it odd. If they really wanted to inform people I would think they would like in what scale.

  • Hecate

    Having just lived through Florence, prayers for all of those in the path of this storm and for those who will involved in the rescue and clean up afterward. I hope people heeded the warnings and got out.

  • Rubber Banned

    I saw many dumb people on the news this morning sneering at the storm and saying they weren't impressed and were staying put. Four hours from now they'll be begging emergency responders to risk their own lives to come get them.

  • Wolfy King

    Why is Gov Scott hiding in Orlando, kissing the butt of Trump while he meets with the police chief convention? Mayor Gillum of Tallahassee is staying in town to coordinate disaster relief. If you live in FL, remember this fact when you vote for senator.

  • Toshiro Histugaya

    Please listen to your governor. GET OUT if it's going to hit you. Stay safe

  • carrollfamily

    This one makes me a little nervous

  • southwestfan

    I am glad global warning only affects the west side of Florida. Whew! Sincerely, Donald Trump

  • Juggles

    Believe it or not areas in that lower 2~4 ft storm surge area near Tampa are feeling the effects as of this afternoon... Tarpon Springs had to close down their main street along the sponge docks as the tidal flooding is almost up to alternate 19... And we still have another high tide to get through early tomorrow morning after Michael is further North and the back side of the storm will be pushing the water further into shore. He may not be hitting land here but he is flipping us off as he passes by...

  • Prophet With Honor

    The RR is in big trouble.

  • Sal Monela

    Every storm is a 'monster' these days; a 'once in a lifetime' event; strongest 'ever'.
    Look folks; you've been sufficiently warned. If you stick around to see what happens, or wait to the very last minute to do something, that's on you.

  • Sean McLaughlin

    I just came here to learn from all of the unemployed meteorologists.

  • My two cents

    Someone briefed Trump this morning about how strong Michael would be and Trump says, I know, I never liked that Avenatti guy.

  • LastSecondTakedown

    Dangit Michael - leave Panama City Beach alone - that's one of my favorite places on earth. The gulf side of Shell Island is one of the most beautiful beaches you can ever find.

  • DenaliGal

    Please stay safe if you are in the path of the storm.

  • Citizen123

    Stay safe people! Property can be replaced. Lives can't!!!

  • American Made

    Get out and be safe!