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Michael upgraded to a hurricane

October 9, 2018--12:32 a.m.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall across the Florida panhandle early on Wednesday.

The remnants of Michael are expected to accelerate northeastward later on Wednesday and move across portions of central Georgia through early Thursday.

It should be noted that impacts from heavy rain and potential tornadoes may precede the most significant winds with this system.

During the height of the storm, winds of 25 to 40 mph will be possible with gusts as high as 60 mph across portions of central Georgia, with the strongest winds roughly along and south of a Fort Benning to Macon line.

Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected, with the potential for locally higher amounts of 6 to 7 inches, east and south of Columbus to Athens.