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‘Catastrophic’ Michael’s path: What does tropical storm warning mean for Macon?

Michael’s storm surge moves quickly ashore in Destin, Florida

Hours before Category 4 Hurricane Michael was expected to make landfall, the Florida Panhandle was feeling the wind and waves from the powerful storm. At 11am on Wednesday, October 10, the storm was about 60 miles from Panama City Beach.
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Hours before Category 4 Hurricane Michael was expected to make landfall, the Florida Panhandle was feeling the wind and waves from the powerful storm. At 11am on Wednesday, October 10, the storm was about 60 miles from Panama City Beach.

Weather officials are calling Hurricane Michael “catastrophic” as the Category 4 storm approaches landfall on the Florida Panhandle, but Middle Georgia will also feel the effects of the storm.

Michael is expected to impact Macon and surrounding areas in Georgia.

“HURRICANE MICHAEL WILL POTENTIALLY BE A HISTORIC TROPICAL EVENT FOR CENTRAL AND EAST GEORGIA!” National Weather Service Atlanta tweeted.

Michael could potentially pack hurricane-force winds when the storm moves over Middle Georgia late Wednesday, and Macon was placed under a tropical storm warning by 12:30 p.m.

What does a tropical storm warning mean for residents in Macon?

Here’s more from the National Weather Service:

  • Macon has the potential to feel wind gusts from 58-73 mph
  • The wind damage could be significant to life and property.
  • Macon residents should seek shelter during Michael and be prepared for wind damage to roofing and siding material, along with possible damage to awnings, porches, carports and sheds.
  • Mobile homes in Macon could see significant damage, especially if they are not anchored.
  • Trees could be snapped or uprooted in tropical storm-force winds. Debris could litter the roadway, blocking traffic.
  • Macon could see 3 to 6 inches of rain. A flash food watch is in effect.
  • Heed any flood watches and warnings.
  • Moderate rainfall and flooding could prompt rescues and evacuations.
  • Rivers may become swollen, have swifter currents and overspill banks in vulnerable spots.
  • The National Weather Service says the weather situation is “somewhat favorable” for tornadoes.

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