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WLDY-WJBL NEWS                  10-10-18

*FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM WEDNESDAY FOR CLARK, CRAWFORD, JACKSON, JUNEAU, MONROE, TAYLOR AND VERNON COUNTIES AND IN PRICE, WASHBURN AND SAWYER COUNTIES UNTIL 1 AM THURSDAY*

**FLOOD WARNING FOR THE KICKAPOO RIVER, BLACK RIVER AND TREMPEALEAU RIVER**

The main wave of low pressure that has brought all of this rain will finally begin to move off to the northeast today. The heavier rain will begin to taper off late morning and into the afternoon. We may finally start to dry out this evening with just some drizzle expected. High temperatures will top out in the upper 50’s and low 60’s but our highs will likely come early in the day. Winds will begin to shift from the northwest and strengthen during the afternoon bringing temperatures down quickly into the evening.

Drizzle is still possible overnight and with temperatures falling into the 30s we could see some of the first snowflakes of the season mixing in with the rain. This will not stick, but just something to keep an eye out for into early Thursday.

It looks like we dry out for the remainder of this week, but unfortunately it will be breezy and much cooler, so not the typical October temperatures are are used to. The upper flow will transition from a southerly direction to the northwest, making for much cooler and still rather cloudy weather. Thursday and Friday will end up being chilly with highs only in the low to mid 40’s. Clouds will likely win out Thursday , especially for the Chippewa Valley but some sun may try to mix in by the afternoon. Friday should feature at least some sunshine.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Gaining frightening fury overnight, Hurricane Michael closed in Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds of 145 mph, the most powerful storm on record ever to menace the stretch of fishing towns, military bases and spring-break beaches.

With more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast warned to clear out, the hurricane’s leading edge began lashing the white-sand shoreline with tropical storm-force winds, rain and rising seas before daybreak, hours before Michael’s center was expected to blow ashore.

“I really fear for what things are going to look like there tomorrow at this time,” Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach said in an email.

The unexpected brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression, reaching Category 4 early Wednesday as it drew energy from the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters, an unseasonably high 84 degrees. Less than a day earlier, Michael was a Category 2.

“The time to evacuate has come and gone … SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted, while the sheriff in Panama City’s Bay County issued a shelter-in-place order before dawn.

 

 

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