Michael to become a hurricane today, will impact Gulf Coast and Middle Georgia this week

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Monday afternoon and impact the Gulf Coast by the middle of the week. Middle Georgia can also expect to be impacted by the tropical system as it weakens moving over land.

Early Monday morning, Michael had increased wind speeds from 60 mph to 70 mph. The system was located just east of the Yucatan Peninsula and moving northward at 7 mph.

The latest forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center has Michael moving through Middle Georgia as a tropical storm late Wednesday into Thursday.

The forecast cone may change over the next 1-3 days as the system moves northward. The exact path and timing of Michael’s arrival and impacts will depend on forward motion of the storm. 

Models have been somewhat consistent in predicting anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain across Middle Georgia. Rain should arrive Wednesday and last until late Thursday night.

These rainfall totals in a short period of time may result in flooding across the area.

Another potential impact with the arrival of Michael is tropical storm force wind gusts.

Wednesday through Thursday, winds will be increasing in speed. Winds could gust anywhere from 30-60 mph.

Heavy rain will give way to moist soil. High wind gusts will likely result in some trees coming down and power also being knocked out across Middle Georgia.

While the middle of the week is looking quite messy for Middle Georgia, nicer weather will follow Michael.

A strong cold front will drop temperatures to the low 80’s in the afternoon and drop morning lows to the 60’s and maybe even 50’s.

Fall weather fans – REJOICE!

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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.