Michael is expected to gradually strengthen and lift northward into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, becoming a hurricane Monday night into Tuesday. Michael is forecast to eventually make landfall as a hurricane Wednesday afternoon along the Florida panhandle. After landfall, Michael is expected to weaken as it tracks quickly northeast, and the forecast track brings the center right across southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina in the Wednesday night and Thursday time period. The current forecast would bring Michael into the region as a moderate to strong tropical storm. It is important to note that there is considerable uncertainty regarding the track, intensity, and timing of Michael, but confidence is increasing that it will directly impact the southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina area.