From Tim Herrington, Floyd County Emergency Management: “I wanted to share a quick weather update from the National Weather Service concerning Hurricane Michael. Currently Hurricane Michael is about 360 miles south of Panama City, Fla., moving at 12 mph. It is a category 2 storm with 110 mph winds but is expected to become a category 3 storm later today with winds around 120-plus mph as it makes landfall tomorrow. Governor Deal has placed 92 southern counties under a State Of Emergency. The Northwest Georgia area can expect about 1-2 inches of rain and 20-25 mph wind gusts from this storm as it makes its way east across our state. Although we do not expect any significant impacts from this storm we still need to remain vigilant and weather aware for the next couple of days as this storms tracks through the state. Please share this information with your reading and listening audiences to ensure they are weather aware of our current weather situation.
TRACKING MICHAEL: Latest advisories
At 8 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 86.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h). A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through tonight. The center of Michael's eye is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Michael is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Strengthening is expected overnight and on Wednesday, and Michael is forecast to be near category 4 strength when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the southeastern United States.
From the state: “In response to the potential impacts of Hurricane Michael, Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a State of Emergency for 92 counties throughout South Georgia.
Based on the latest forecast for Hurricane Michael and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security officials, I have issued an emergency declaration for 92 Georgia counties. The emergency declaration is effective for seven days and makes all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane.
The 92 counties under emergency declaration are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth counties.
In light of the storm’s forecasted track, I encourage Georgians in the affected counties to be prepared and remain vigilant. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael’s path and GEMA/HS is leading our preparedness efforts. We are also working with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Michael.
More information and the executive order are available here: https://bit.ly/2pKGjiX
PHOTOS FROM THE COAST
Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 81. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Wednesday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 71. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 79. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.