FIRST ALERT: Michael downgraded to tropical storm

FIRST ALERT: Michael downgraded to tropical storm

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hurricane Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The storm is currently moving northeast at 20 mph.

The storm has winds up to 75 mph with higher gusts.

Hurricane Michael hits Panama City Beach

WOW. Check out these winds. A WALB News 10 viewer's video shows major winds in Panama City Beach as Category 4 Hurricane Michael makes landfall. (Video: Billy Mathis)

Posted by Emileigh Forrester WALB on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MORE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW DURING THE STORM:

Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida panhandle near Panama City Wednesday afternoon as a category 4.

As conditions rapidly deteriorate wind damage, power outages, flash flooding and power outages can be expected.

Currently there’s a hurricane warning, tropical storm warning and flash flood watch for areas of Southwest Georgia.

Latest on hurricane Michael

Posted by Chris Zelman WALB on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The window for tropical storm force winds is 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday afternoon to early Thursday morning. There is a potential threat of winds greater than 100 mph.

There is also a potential for trees to be uprooted, roads blocked and widespread power outages.

Significant impacts could include flooding rain of 4 to 8 inches.

There’s a slight risk of short-lived EF0 to EF1 tornadoes.

Warm and muggy conditions will end by Friday as a cold front sweeps through. Sunshine with highs in the lower 80s and lows near 60 after the storm passes.

A number of schools and businesses in South Georgia are closing ahead of Hurricane Michael. For the full list, click here.

Most of Southwest Georgia is under a Hurricane Warning.

What you can do before the storm hits:

Have your NOAA Weather Radio programmed with fully-charged batteries available.

Make sure you have a first aid kit, plenty of water, and non-perishable food. Power is expected to be out for several days.

You’ll need to bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind such as bicycles, lawn ornaments, and patio furniture.

Fill up your car’s gas tank and any gas cans you have, and make sure you have cash on hand.

Make sure you're prepared for Michael as it makes its way through Southwest Georgia!

Posted by WALB News 10 on Monday, October 8, 2018

OTHER WEATHER RESOURCES:

If you have to travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings and advisories before venturing out the door.

Review your severe weather plan and know what you should do if a severe storm or tornado is near you.

If you don’t feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you would leave your home and where you would go.

Below is a list of Albany radio stations that provide weather updates.

WALG 1590 AM broadcasts WALB news and weather, as does WNUQ , Nash Icon 102.1 FM.

NASH FM 104.5 WKAK airs WALB’s meteoroligist forecasts.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.