Major Hurricane Michael making landfall near Panama City

The eye of the storm nearing the Florida coast around midday Wednesday

Landfall imminent! Michael just offshore Florida

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Wednesday, October 10 2018... a date that will likely be remembered forever for the Florida panhandle region as a possibly historic and disastrous event unfolds today.

RIGHT NOW: Major Hurricane #Michael's eye is just offshore of Panama City, FL. This very dangerous cat 4 hurricane has...

Posted by Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Major Hurricane Michael in the northeast Gulf of Mexico makes its final approach to the Florida coast around midday Wednesday. The center of the storm moving northeastward onto the coast around noon Wednesday on the Florida panhandle near Panama City.

A direct hit from the storm’s center in Florida is unavoidable and they face major direct impacts. Life-threatening storm surge, extreme rainfall, and destructive hurricane-force wind are all possible in Florida.

Meanwhile, South Mississippi has been spared the worst even though we were too close for comfort.

RAIN FORECAST FOR SOUTH MISSISSIPPI:

For South Mississippi’s Wednesday, expect breezy winds between 10 and 25 mph. There will be a chance for scattered showers and maybe a squall or two. But, overall, Wednesday may not be wet for most locations. In fact, our rain totals will likely remain at less than a half-inch.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for the Mississippi Coast. The tropical storm watch that was in effect earlier has since been cancelled.

A cold front arrives in South Mississippi tonight from the west. Cooler and much drier air will arrive in South Mississippi for the second half of the week and will continue into the weekend.

Elsewhere in the tropics, Tropical Storm Nadine in the far east Atlantic Ocean remains no threat to any land areas and is forecast to fall apart over the open waters this weekend.

You can also track the tropics in our WLOX Weather App’s interactive radar map. Click here to find out how to get the app.

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