Hurricane Michael | We’re Keeping an Eye on the Forecast

Good morning, folks. The 2018 hurricane season is not over, and we’re keeping an eye on a hurricane that has the potential to affect our Gulf Coast properties in Alabama.

As of Monday morning, it looks like Hurricane Michael is tracking to impact the Gulf Coast of Florida possibly mid-week.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Michael is forecast to possibly be a major hurricane when it impacts the northeastern Gulf Coast by mid-week. Storm surge and hurricane watches are already in effect for portions of the area.

For Festiva vacationers, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, appear to be potentially the most affected. We’ve seen forecasts for 40 mph winds and some rain there, but of course this is an early forecast which may change. A tropical storm watch has been issued, with potential two foot storm surge.

Charleston, Myrtle Beach and northward appear to be in the 20 to 30 mph wind range for later in the week with potential for heavy rain. This storm is predicted to be faster-moving at this point than Florence, and is projected to be past the N.C. Coast by Saturday morning. Several inches of rain may fall adding to the already high rainfall totals.

As always, we thank you for your continued patience during this hurricane season, and we’ll keep you updated with information as we receive it.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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