Michael Weakens To A Category 2 Storm, Still A Dangerous Hurricane

| October 10, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

6:00 PM CDT POSITION UPDATE
EYE OF MICHAEL MOVING THROUGH SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA
LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE ALONG THE COAST AND DAMAGING WINDS INLAND CONTINUE

NOAA Doppler radar data indicate that the eye of Michael is now moving over southwestern Georgia. Recently reported wind gusts include:

Albany Georgia airport: 67 mph (107 km/h)
Tallahassee International Airport: 61 mph (98 km/h)
Dothan Alabama airport: 60 mph (96 km/h)

Dangerous storm surge continues along the coast of the Florida Panhandle. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola is still reporting nearly 5 feet of inundation above ground level.

LOCATION: 31.1N 84.9W
ABOUT 30 MI NNW OF BAINBRIDGE GEORGIA
ABOUT 35 MI WSW OF ALBANY GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 100 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT: NNE AT 13 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 950 MB

Over 300,000 customers are without power as of 5:00 PM CDT across the Florida Panhandle, with Bay and Leon counties being the hardest hit on the power grid.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital sustained damage as windows have been blown out, damage to the roof, and cracking of an exterior wall. Generators are up and running and patients have been moved to safe areas of the hospital.

This is the latest map of watches and warnings as of 6:15 PM CDT.

LATEST HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FROM NWS BIRMINGHAM

Hurricane Michael will continue to move north northeast across southwest Georgia and later to the northeast across Georgia tonight into Thursday. As it does so, there remains a potential for marginal tropical storm force winds across the far southeast counties of Central Alabama.

Currently, most of the impacts are expected to be along and south of Interstate 85 through tonight. This is where rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts, and wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph appear possible.

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