Hurricane Michael is now an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane and its outer rainbands are beginning to reach the coast. This is a life-threatening event for portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast.


At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Michael was
located by NOAA Doppler weather radars near latitude 32.7 North,
longitude 83.2 West.  Michael is moving toward the northeast near 20
mph (31 km/h) and this general motion should continue this morning.
A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is expected
later today through Friday night.  On the forecast track, the core
of Michael will move across central and eastern Georgia this
morning, and then over southern and central South Carolina later
today.  Michael will then move northeastward across the southeastern
United States and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast by early

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (90 km/h)
with higher gusts.  Michael will steadily weaken as it crosses the
southeastern United States, but it is forecast to re-strengthen some
when it moves off the east coast of the United States and becomes a
post-tropical cyclone on Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).
During the last few hours, Eastman, Georgia reported a wind gust of
63 mph (102 km/h), McRae, Georgia reported a wind gust of 59 mph
(95 km/h), and Sapelo Island, Georgia reported a wind gust of 45
mph (72 km/h).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb (28.91 inches).
Warner-Robins Air Force Base near Macon recently reported a
pressure of 980.9 mb (28.97 inches).

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