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MACON, Georgia. (41 NBC/WMGT) – The latest update from the National Hurricane Center regarding Tropical Storm Hermine shows the forecast track farther off towards south Georgia than middle Georgia. Heavier rainfall amounts are still favorable for southeastern portions of central Georgia.

A Flash Flood Watch will go into effect late tonight until Saturday morning. It includes many counties in middle Georgia. Rainfall totals will range from 2-4+ inches.

A Tropical Storm Watch stretches from Sandersville to Fort Valley and south until Sunday morning. Wind speeds will likely be 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning also stretches from Johnson County to Dooly County and southward until Sunday morning. Winds will likely be stronger in this portion of the state (20-30 mph, gusts up to 45 mph).

Rain bands will start moving in tonight, with the bulk of the storm passing through middle/southern Georgia from 10 PM tonight – 5 PM tomorrow. There will still be some lingering showers/storms tomorrow evening, but the majority of the system will have exited the state by 5 PM.

Once again, this is the latest update. The above information is subject to change. Tropical systems are very tricky to forecast, as atmospheric conditions are changing hourly. If the storm moves slightly more northward, it will drastically change rainfall accumulations and wind speeds. However, if it continues on its southward track, less rain can be expected for the northern half of middle Georgia.

The 41 First Alert Storm Team will be bringing you the latest updates today and tomorrow – on air, on our website (41nbc.com) and on social media.

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.