CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Hurricane Michael will weaken once its core hits land and stops drawing strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
But forecasters say it won't dissipate quickly. In fact, Michael is expected to whip parts of Alabama and Georgia with hurricane-force winds as it travels north.
The National Hurricane Center expects Michael to hold tropical storm strength through Thursday as it crosses the Carolinas.
Forecasters say Michael should re-emerge over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and regain some strength as it moves away from the U.S. coast.
Tropical storm warnings and a storm-surge watch were extended Wednesday morning to North Carolina's barrier islands.