First Alert Weather: Hurricane Michael weakening but still packing a punch

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The major cat. 4 storm Michael is losing some strength but still causing problems over the SE U.S.

Winds have dropped down below major storm status.  The sustained winds are now at 100 mph and expected to continue to get weaker through the night.

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Michael Records

3rd Lowest Pressure In U.S. History

This storm will move through Georgia overnight and then on to the Carolina's through Thursday.

We can expect periods of showers and thunderstorms through the night and then taper off by late Thursday.

Winds will also come down by sunrise and the storm surge threat should no longer be a problem.

A high surf advisory is still in effect and a rip current advisory remains.

By Friday we will see a return to partly cloudy skies with little chance for rain.

A weak cold front will move through on Friday afternoon and cool us down a little for Saturday morning.  In fact we could see lows in the upper 60s to start the day on Saturday.

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Names of 2018 season

The next name is Oscar - Officially an above average season

The tropical season still has over a month to go before the official end and there is an area of concern near the same spot Michael formed.

Stay tuned.

Bob Harrigan

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