Tropical storm conditions possible Wednesday-Thursday in Middle Georgia

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Early Tuesday morning, Michael remained a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph sustained winds. The system is still forecast to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane along the Florida panhandle near Panama City, FL Wednesday afternoon. As it moves inland, Michael is forecast to weaken to tropical storm status as it moves through Middle Georgia Wednesday into Thursday.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been extended to include some Middle Georgia counties until Friday morning. The counties currently included in the watch are: Johnson, Laurens, Treutlen, Wheeler, Telfair, Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski, Wilcox and Dooly.

The reason a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Middle Georgia is due to the tropical storm conditions expected in our area Wednesday and Thursday.

There is a 70-90% chance that Middle Georgia will see tropical storm force wind gusts (winds at least 39 mph).

All of Middle Georgia is included in a Flash Flood Watch until 2 p.m. Thursday.

Rainfall totals are expected to range from 3 to 6 inches. Isolated locations may receive up to 8 inches of rain by Friday morning.

With the threat of flooding, wind damage, trees blown down and power outages, Middle Georgians should prepare safety kits leading up to Thursday. Keep in mind the following items:

  • One gallon of water, per person for at least three days
  • Three days worth of non-perishable foods
  • Flashlights and glow sticks, candles if necessary
  • First aid kit and weather radio
  • Extra batteries

The Department of Homeland Security provides more safety tips here.

Michael will move out of Middle Georgia Thursday afternoon. A cold front will clear the area by Friday, giving way to more sunshine and cooler conditions for the weekend.

Connect with Meteorologist Kristen Kennedy on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates throughout the day. You can also watch her forecasts Monday through Friday on 41NBC News at Daybreak (5-7 a.m.) and 41Today (11 a.m.).

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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.