Florida Panhandle sits in path of Hurricane Michael

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hurricane Michael was on track to make landfall possibly as a Category 3 hurricane along Florida’s Panhandle Wednesday afternoon somewhere between Panama City and Apalachicola.

“This is the kind of storm that’s going to bring 10 to 12 foot storm surge to the right of wherever it comes onshore and that part of Florida is very vulnerable to storm surge,” said Dave Osterberg, a meteorologist with Fox 13’s “Good Day Tampa Bay” in Florida.

Dave Osterberg

“You may be looking at some water going miles inland.”

Now a resident of Tampa, Osterberg got his start in television meteorology in West Virginia when he worked at Clarksburg’s WDTV from 1994 to 1995 right after he graduated from college.

He said Tampa will miss the worst of Hurricane Michael.

“We get hit plenty of times from storms and they take every one of these seriously, especially Irma last year which came just east of Tampa,” Osterberg said on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Once Michael’s ashore, “It’s going to start to get picked up by what we call a trough of low pressure and it’s going to start to increase its forward speed,” Osterberg explained.

“The only saving grace would be, yes, they’re going to get more rain in the Coastal Carolinas but it won’t be there that long. It won’t have time to dump a foot or more of rain because it’s going to quickly move out and actually go back into the Atlantic (Ocean) after that.”

By Thursday, the Mountain State could be seeing some rain out of Michael.

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