Tropical Storm Michael exits Middle Georgia, nicer weather on the way

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Michael arrived in Middle Georgia late Wednesday night around 10:00 p.m. as a Category 1 hurricane packing strong winds and heavy rainfall. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after midnight Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City reports that the strongest wind gusts occurred in Crisp County with significant gusts above 50 mph extending from Laurens and Dodge County into Houston and Bibb County.

Storm damage reports have come in from all across Middle Georgia, mainly in the form of downed trees blocking roadways, falling onto homes and power lines. Around 2 a.m. an estimated 70,000 people in Middle Georgia were without power.

As the sun comes up this morning, it is likely that more damage will be visible across Middle Georgia and more damage reports will come in.

Please do not venture out and keep first responders from doing their job to clean up the disastrous conditions.

Stay away from downed power lines as some may still be active. If you see downed power lines or trees, call local city officials to report the location of the storm damage or send your reports to news@41nbc.com

Tropical Storm Michael is no longer in Middle Georgia. The last wrap-around rain bands on the southwestern edge of the storm have shifted into South Carolina.

A cold front is pushing Michael east into the Carolinas.

Winds may still gust up to 30 mph throughout the day as the incoming cold front pushes colder and drier air southeast.

While Middle Georgia has dealt with the messy weather from Michael the last 12-18 hours, we will be rewarded with much nicer weather heading into the weekend.

Michael exits and fall-like weather arrives! Temperatures are expected to drop into the 50’s overnight and top out in the upper 70’s and low 80’s during the afternoon hours.

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.