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Hurricane Michael has intensified to a Category 4 storm since yesterday, and may not stop there. Millions live in the path of this monster storm and it’s expected to leave impacts all the way up to the Northeast by the end of the week. It seems as if the entire eastern half of the country is holding its breath as we anticipate landfall. Today, we’ll be doing a special edition of your Morning Briefing focused on major Hurricane Michael. We will discuss it’s forecasted path and intensity, as well as dangers it may bring to the Southeast as it makes landfall and possible impacts for the Northeast as it travels up the coast. Michael’s Projected Progression: Hurricane Michael is currently a category 4 storm with sustained winds of 145 mph and a central pressure of 933 mb. Due to warm gulf waters and low amounts of shear, Michael is expected…

As tropical storm force winds begin to make their way onto southwestern Florida shores this morning, Hurricane Michael sets its eye on the Florida Panhandle. Last night the storm was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane and it probably won’t stop there. 35 counties in Florida are in a state of emergency as Michael, whose center is currently sitting about 395 miles south of Panama City, FL, is expected to make landfall just after noon on Wednesday. As of 8am EDT this morning, Hurricane Michael is a Category 2 storm with a central low pressure of 968mb and max sustained winds of 100 mph. Michael experienced a cycle of rapid intensification last night, bringing central pressure down 10mb and winds up 20 mph within 12 hours. Some dry air entrainment and shear is most likely the cause of this current pause in intensification, however, it is not expected to last…

Cold and warm temperatures continue to battle across the country, with cold air over the western half and hot air over the eastern half. This thermal battle provides just the right ingredients for severe weather over parts of the Central and Southern Plains this afternoon, and for the next few days as well. On top of all of this, we remain on the lookout for a possible tropical development late this weekend or early next week. Welcome to the Friday Edition of your Morning Briefing. Let’s get started. Fall to the West, Summer to the East: Unseasonably hot temperatures are expected throughout the eastern half of the country, while unseasonably cold temperatures are expected throughout the western half. Across the west, temperatures will be 10-20 degrees below average for this time of year, with this anomaly reaching as far as northern TX at points throughout this weekend. Over parts of…