Hurricane Michael: Expect rain, thunderstorms Thursday

Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 hurricane expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle today, will likely bring as much as 1.2 inches of rain to the Danbury area beginning around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

The storm will weaken as it heads inland, with the bulk of the storm projected to pass south of the tri-state region and remain offshore, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Heavy rain may present some risk of flash flooding in urban and low-lying areas, the weather service said.

“If the heavier rain amounts end up over the local region, there will be potential for more widespread urban and poor drainage flash flooding, as well as flooding along quick responding small rivers, streams and creeks,” the NWS said in a press release.

Michael’s advancing cold front could also develop thunderstorms throughout the day Thursday and into the evening, with wind gusts up to 40 mph possible.

Gusting winds between 35 to 40 MPH are possible Friday, Oct. 12 as the storm moves north and into the Atlantic Ocean.