WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Michael bearing down on Middle Georgia

Michael is projected to move through Middle Georgia as a hurricane.


6:30 p.m. Update - Dangerous conditions ahead of Michael's pass through Middle Georgia.

Hurricane Michael brought catastrophic damage to Panama City, Florida and the surrounding areas. The storm has weakened somewhat due to interaction with land, and crossed into Southwest Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings and a Flash Flood Watch remain in effect for almost all of the WGXA viewing area.

Feeder bands of rain ahead of the center of Michael are proving dangerous. An embedded storm produced a tornado in Crawford County that destroyed several homes. Thankfully, nobody was injured.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect for all of Middle Georgia until 2AM Thursday.

The worst wind and rain from Michael is still expected late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

1:30 p.m. Update - Michael makes landfall...

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida Wednesday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are up to 155 mph with gusts even higher.

Stay tuned to WGXA News on-air and online for updates.


11:30 a.m. Update - Hurricane Warnings issued for Middle Georgia...

The following counties in Middle Georgia have been upgraded to a hurricane warning: Bleckley,, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Houston, Laurens, Macon, Pulaski, Sumter and Wilcox. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane-force winds, 74 mph or higher, are expected. Michael will produce a threat to life and property in Middle Georgia.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for all other counties. Winds of 40 mph or higher are expected in those areas. Damage and power outages are also expected in those areas.

Stay tuned to WGXA News on-air and online for updates.


MACON, Ga. -- Michael has strengthened to a category four storm as of Wednesday morning. Unlike Irma, Michael may remain a hurricane when it crosses through the mid-state.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for a majority of the counties in the mid-state.

Michael is currently projected to make landfall near Panama City as a category 3 or 4 hurricane in the early afternoon. Unlike Harvey or Florence this storm will be moving quickly and will not hug the coastline. This means the system could be a bit stronger as it enters Georgia potential even a category 1 hurricane.

Middle Georgia will begin to feel the effects from Michael as early as late Wednesday afternoon. Our time frame for the tropical storm conditions will be between the evening Wednesday and the mid-morning tomorrow.

Our main impacts in the mid-state will be tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and potential for power outages. Tornadoes and strong thunderstorms cannot be ruled out.

A flash flood watch has been issued for every county in Middle Georgia through 2 p.m. on Thursday. Rain totals could be between 4 and 6 inches across most of the mid-state. Most of that rain will come overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

Tropical storm force winds are likely everywhere in Middle Georgia. Hurricane force winds are possible south of Macon and likely around Cordele and Americus.

Scattered to widespread power outages are possible in the mid-state with Michael. If you lose power it could be out for days so make sure to have an emergency kit with you.

This storm is not likely to die down into a depression like Irma did. Instead, Michael will remain a hurricane/tropical storm the entire way through Georgia.

This remains a developing forecast. WGXA's team of meteorologists will monitor new data as it becomes available, and update these forecasts as necessary. Keep up with us on air, online, and with the free WGXA Weather app on your smartphone.

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