Hurricane Michael hangs on as barely a category 1 storm

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Hurricane Michael is barely hanging on as a Category 1 storm, with sustained winds topping out at 75 mph. Tropical Storm-force winds are at 74 mph.

The storm first made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a strong Category 4 Wednesday afternoon.

Heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surges are taking place along areas along the Coast. A tornado watch has been issued for portions of Georgia and parts of the Florida Panhandle. As the outer storm bands of the hurricane move across those areas, strong to severe thunderstorms and spin-up tornadoes are possible.

Most recent updated position

As of 11 p.m. ET, Hurricane Michael is located about 45 miles southwest of Macon, Georgia. The storm is moving northeast at about 20 mph.

The risk for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across the area continues. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward within the warning area along the southeast U.S. coast through Friday.

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So what can we expect in metro Atlanta and north Georgia?

On its present path, Michael will likely bring heavy rainfall amounts and gusty winds to much of the state of Georgia through the middle of the week. Severe storms and possible tornadoes will be possible over parts of the state along Michael’s path.

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Chris Holcomb and the 11Alive Storm Trackers team will have full coverage all week of Tropical Hurricane Michael and bring you full details on what sort of effects it will have on our weather in and across the state of Georgia.

Watches and Warnings for Hurricane Michael

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Storm Surge Warnings:

  • Gulf Coast of Florida from the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Anclote River.

Storm Surge Watch:

  • Ocracoke Inlet, North Caroilna to Duck, North Carolina

Hurricane Warning:

  • Gulf Coast of Florida from the Alabama/Florida border eastward to Suwannee River

Tropical Storm Warnings:

  • North of Fernandina Beach Florida to Duck, North Carolina
  • Alabama/Florida border westward to the Mississippi/Alabama border
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

Tropical Storm Watches:

  • Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay

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