Scenes from Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael: Where is it going; what time will it make landfall? A timeline of the storm 

When and where will Hurricane Michael make landfall? According to the National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast, here is the timeline for Michael’s path. 


The current model has Michael heading north up the eastern side of the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday.

Forecasters say that Michael is expected to begin making a turn toward the northeast sometime on Wednesday morning. That turn would bring Michael into Florida somewhere near Panama City Beach around 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NHC.

Please note that the forecast can change. This story will be updated with any changes in the forecast from the NHC. The times below are based on the 4 a.m. Wednesday forecast from the NHC.

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Here is Michael’s expected timeline, according to NHC information:

At 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Michael’s eye is forecast to be just off Panama City Beach as the storm moves northeast. Michael is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.

At 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Tropical storm-force winds will be felt in Atlanta southward to the Georgia/Florida line.

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At 9 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Southern South Carolina will begin to experience tropical storm-force winds.

At 1 a.m. CDT Thursday: The storm’s center should be moving northeast over southern Georgia, still as a hurricane.

At 8 a.m. CDT Thursday: Michael will be moving into South Carolina.

At 2 p.m. EDT Thursday: Michael should be moving off the North Carolina coast and into the Atlantic. 

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