Hurricane Michael continues to move inland affecting most of Georgia through the rest of the evening and overnight. As of 7:00 p.m. EDT Michael is a Category Two with 100 mph sustained winds and gusts of 155 mph. The central pressure of 950 millibars continues to rise as the storm weakens. Earlier today, Michael moved into Georgia as the first hurricane to maintain Category Three status anywhere in the state of Georgia since 1898.
Below is a general outline of the forecast maximum wind gusts as Michael moves northeast across Georgia. The highest wind gusts are forecast to remain south of the I-85 corridor according to The National Weather Service office of Atlanta.
Heavy rain, gusty winds, and isolated “brief” tornadoes will remain possible across most of north Georgia as Michael passes nearby. Already, two possible tornadoes have touched down across the area.
(Pictured Below) Mexico Beach, Florida sustained catastrophic damage. The extent of the damage remains to be seen. Michael officially made landfall this afternoon around 1:30 p.m. as a high-end Category Four hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida. The National Hurricane Center estimated sustained winds of 155 mph with gusts reaching 180 mph. The central pressure fell to 919 millibars as the storm roared ashore.
“Please monitor this situation closely as any change in course of the storm could reduce or increase impacts to our area. We will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates a information is released from the National Weather Service,” said Carroll County EMA Director, Tim Padgett.
Locations in middle and south Georgia have the potential for wind gusts over 75 mph. The Atlanta NWS office urges everyone to heed the warnings and make final preparations now. A full list of the latest tropical storm warnings and Hurricane Warnings can be found on their website: https://www.weather.gov/ffc/
For additional information regarding Hurricane Michael please refer to the National Hurricane Center’s website: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/cyclones/