SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Tuesday evening Hurricane Michael had winds speeds of 90mph, which is a high end Category 1 hurricane. On the current track, Michael will continue to gain strength before making landfall along the Florida Panhandle as a high end Category 3 storm with 115mph winds. The 11 p.m. advisory gave us a better idea how fast the hurricane deceases in wind speed, actually a tropical storm by reaching Colquitt, Georgia in southwest Georgia by 8pm Wednesday evening.
We need to be prepared for a prolonged wind event with 30-40mph wind gusts throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. Select cities north of I-16 and well west of I-95 like Swainsboro and Sylvania and Hampton could have the highest wind gusts of 50-60mph. This will likely result in widespread power outages Thursday, so prepare now. Tornadoes are a possibility Thursday.
Locally, Wednesday and Thursday are First Alert Weather Days.
Appling, Bacon and Jeff Davis counties are now under a Tropical Storm Watch as of 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.
Regardless of timing, tropical storm conditions remain possible. Plan for at least isolated severe weather and scattered power outages Wednesday and Thursday.
· Scattered, to widespread, power outages are possible
· Scattered tree and power line damage
· Coastal flooding may spread saltwater into typical flood-prone areas along the immediate coast
· Heavy downpours may cause street flooding; inland river flooding is unlikely
· Isolated, fast-moving, tornadoes
Take the time leading up to nasty weather, to review your hurricane plan and check your supply kit. Plan for a few days without power. Ensure that you have a way to receive severe weather alerts, even if the power goes out.
A lot of information will be coming your way over the next few days. Stay tuned; on TV, at wtoc.com and in the WTOC Weather App.