Tropical Storm Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 19 National Weather Service Peachtree City GA AL142018 529 AM EDT Thu Oct 11 2018 This product covers NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA **Tropical Storm Michael Moving out of Georgia Today** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Warning has been cancelled for Chattahoochee, Crawford, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Houston, Lamar, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Peach, Pulaski, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Upson, Webster, and Wilcox * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Emanuel, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Toombs, Treutlen, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, Wilkes, and Wilkinson * STORM INFORMATION: - About 60 miles east-southeast of Athens GA - 33.5N 82.5W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement Northeast or 45 degrees at 21 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Michael is now a tropical storm and will continue to weaken as it progresses northeast away from Georgia. Impacts will diminish significantly this afternoon but until then, very strong winds and periods of very heavy rain will continue. Sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph will be possible with gusts up to 60 mph across portions of east Georgia. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected this morning. An elevated risk of localized flash flooding exists due to the heavy rain on top of already saturated grounds. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across eastern Georgia. Remain well sheltered from hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Elsewhere across NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA, little to no impact is anticipated. * FLOODING RAIN: Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across eastern Georgia. Remain well guarded against dangerous flood waters having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across eastern Georgia. Remain well guarded against locally hazardous flood waters having possible limited impacts. Elsewhere across NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA, little to no impact is anticipated. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: If you are prone to flooding or in an area under a storm surge watch or warning, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic rise in water levels. Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - For information on creating an emergency plan see ready.ga.gov - For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov - For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org NEXT UPDATE ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City GA around 1130 AM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.