Hurricane Michael could bring heavy rain, flash flooding and gusty winds to the Eastern Shore late Thursday and early Friday, meteorologists said.
The storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon on Florida’s Panhandle region, with some wind gusts reported in excess of 100 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center warned of life-threatening flash flooding, winds and storm surge in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions and as far as southeast Alabama, southern Georgia and much of South Carolina.
Michael is expected to reach the southern mid-Atlantic on Thursday. But it is forecast to pass far enough south of Maryland that heavy rain — in the range of 2 to 5 inches — is only expected on the Delmarva Peninsula and in Southern Maryland.
A flash flood watch is in effect across the Delmarva starting Thursday afternoon, and lasting through the night. A widespread 2 to 3 inches of rain, with heavier amounts in some areas, is forecast, the National Weather Service warned.
The Baltimore region could get as much as an inch and a half of rain by the time Michael passes Friday.
Some blustery winds are possible, but chances of tropical storm-force winds are estimated at less than 10 percent for the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.
“Depending on the exact track as it moves across, there’s an outside chance of severe weather,” said Ray Martin, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Meehan contributed to this article.