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National Hurricane Center

Here's how Hurricane Michael could affect Maryland

Here's how Hurricane Michael could affect Maryland

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 —...