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The long-awaited first taste of fall is coming at a very convenient time for the Mississippi Coast.
A cold front pushing across the country and bringing severe storms to the Central U.S. is strong enough to reach down to the Gulf Coast and help push Hurricane Michael eastward.
Michael had been moving mostly due north, but the National Hurricane Center forecast cones have been C-shaped because the models agreed the cold front would curve the path northeast through Georgia.
As of 10:30 Wednesday morning, the storm had started to turn east more sharply and the tropical storm watches were canceled for the Mississippi Coast. Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 mph were possible until 7 p.m. and coastal flooding of 1 to 3 feet above normal was expected.
While the Coast didn’t feel much impact from Michael, it will see cooler and clearer weather.
Temperatures could dip into the upper 50s — even close to the waterfront — by Thursday night, the National Weather Service in New Orleans predicts.
The cool-down is expected to start overnight Thursday with a low of 57 for northern Harrison County and 59 near the Mississippi Sound by early Friday morning.
Friday’s high will only reach near 80, dropping back down into the mid- to low 60s for Friday night football. Saturday’s high is again only near 80, but staying in the 60s overnight as well as Sunday and Monday night.