So you have plans to travel to Atlanta this weekend for the Buccaneers/Falcons game. Suddenly an early October hurricane by the name of Michael has you thinking about logistics that a seven-hour drive north should not entail. With over five thousand Buccaneer fans planning to invade Atlanta, Michael’s path, strength, and speed are important. So let’s break it down for you and see if we can make a little sense out of all of this.
First, Michael is a fast-moving storm that should be exiting the Carolina’s and heading out into the Atlantic Ocean by sometime early Friday morning. Because of the storm’s speed, flooding should be minimal—well, as minimal as flooding from a hurricane can be. But there should be very little residual flooding that would hamper a trip north for the game. Our friends in North Florida should not take this storm lightly. That said, the storm should weaken considerably after landfall and continue to do so as it races across Georgia. If you already have accommodations in town for the weekend, you will want to call ahead and make sure that they are still being honored. They’ll probably only be affected if a great number of people are displaced by the storm, which, again, should not be the case. You should also consider the Waze application if you’re driving. If there are any road hazards or detours, this should help considerably.
I have absolutely no meteorological accreditation and no friends at the Weather Channel. I do, though, have forty-nine years of experience on this earth, most of it right here in our tropical paradise known as Tampa Bay. So please take my forecast with a grain of salt. For the many Buccaneer fans that will be in Atlanta this Sunday for the game, represent, have a great time, and as always, travel safely.