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Meteorologist Dani Beckstrom: Southwest Florida is in the Clear of Hurricane Michael

6:49 PM, Oct 08, 2018

Hurricane Michael is on its way to land, but it won't be hitting Southwest Florida. We hope.

Will Hurricane Michael Make a Sharp Turn to Southwest Florida?

We've been in a situation like this before with Hurricane Irma.

The storm wasn't projected to come our way, but a last minute turn in the storm put Southwest Florida right in the midst of the storm.

So should we expect the same thing for Hurricane Michael? FOX4 Meteorologist Dani Beckstrom said SWFL is in the clear.

“The confidence is relatively high that this is going to continue its track further north through the Gulf of Mexico and take that turn to the north and east around landfall,” Beckstrom said.

Michael is supposed to hit the Florida panhandle on Wednesday night as a Category 2 or 3 hurricane.

The National Weather Service projects the hurricane will continue upwards through Georgia, hit both of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Despite being days out from the storm, Beckstrom is confident Michael will stay on its projected course.

“There’s still a bit of time for that track to shift but forecast confidence at this point is relatively high. That means we look at all of the different models and all of the different runs of a model," Beckstrom said.

"You never look at one run of one model to make your forecast. You tend to look for trends. So when all of those trends start looking like that same path that’s when you can say your forecast confidence is a little higher.”

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