The wild ride that is Hurricane Season 2018 continues. With Leslie hanging out in the Atlantic and still churning up tropical punch, Kirk fading out in the Caribbean, Mr. Michael decided to join the party and is now making headway towards the Florida Panhandle. Over the next few days, this storm could brew into a bad one for our neighbors on the Gulf Coast. Most of the three majors models are in agreement, with a couple wiggles here and there, that Michael could bring some nasty weather after landfall to the First Coast. Some evacuations have already been ordered to parts of the Panhandle, and State of Emergency is in effect. When a late season storm pushes into the bathtub of the Gulf of Mexico it can ignite very quickly, and we’ll know much more come Wednesday on which way it actually is going.
Meanwhile, With a big Bermuda High pushing out in the ocean behind the wake of Leslie, and Michael stirring up the Gulf, a HUGE suck-up factor is coming into play over the next couple of days and the waves are going to get chunky. We’ve had a great run of surf, with good to fair quality as of late, but now we look to get a full windswell mix over the next few days as this major storm decides what it wants to do. At least it’s not flat.
Yet, with another moon phase moving in and out and some ripper tides, be mindful of your times and tides when planning your sessions out as there will be some rips on the outgoing tides. Expect some heavy rains and outer bands of this storm to be in play for us by Thursday, and if it nudges more east in the path we could see some tropical force winds in the 904. Michael is expected to potentially be sustained in upwards of 110 mph on Wednesday so things can get interesting with 12 ft. surges on the Panhandle. If you plan on charging [Spot Redacted], you’ll want to leave sooner than later before it gets too blown out on the Gulf Coast. Wax ’em up and get on it while it lasts. Meanwhile we’re sending positive vibes to our brothers and sisters on the west coast of FL.
WIND: E winds 20+ all day
WIND: ESE winds 20+ all day
WIND: SE to SW winds 20-25 all day
WIND: NW to NE winds 5-10+ all day
WIND: ENE winds 10-15+ all day
WIND: SW to SE winds 5-10 all day
WIND: WNW winds 5-10+ all day