Hurricane Michael remains a serious threat to Southwest GA and SE Alabama

Hurricane Local Statement

This product covers EASTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...FLORIDA BIG BEND...SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA

Powerful Hurricane Michael remains a serious threat over southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia! Hurricane force winds are likely across southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia as the center of Michael passes through these areas. This will cause numerous power outages due to falling trees and powerlines. Trees falling on homes will become a dangerous and potentially deadly situation! Now is the time to shelter in place in an interior room away from windows at the lowest level possible.


Elsewhere, where winds and rain have started to diminished, the threat is not over! Tropical storm force wind gusts are likely to continue for the next several hours. Remain in a safe place and do not try to enter evacuated areas until officials have given the all clear to return.


* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

    - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien,

      Brooks, Calhoun, Calhoun, Central Walton, Clay, Colquitt, Cook,

      Dale, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Gadsden, Geneva, Grady, Henry,

      Holmes, Houston, Inland Bay, Inland Jefferson, Irwin, Jackson,

      Lee, Leon, Liberty, Miller, Mitchell, North Walton, Quitman,

      Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Washington,

      and Worth

    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Coffee, Inland Dixie,

      Inland Taylor, Lafayette, Lanier, Lowndes, and Madison

    - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for

      Coastal Bay, Coastal Dixie, Coastal Franklin, Coastal Gulf,

      Coastal Jefferson, Coastal Taylor, Coastal Wakulla, Inland

      Franklin, Inland Gulf, Inland Wakulla, and South Walton


* STORM INFORMATION:

    - About 30 miles southeast of DOTHAN or about 110 miles west of

      VALDOSTA

    - 30.9N 85.1W

    - Storm Intensity 125 mph

    - Movement North-northeast or 25 degrees at 16 mph


POTENTIAL IMPACTS

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* WIND:

Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across

southeastern Alabama and southeastern Georgia. Remain well sheltered

from life-threatening wind having extensive impacts. If realized,

these impacts include:

    - Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having

      window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural

      damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.

      Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be

      uninhabitable for weeks.

    - Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and

      roadway signs blown over.

    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban

      or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and

      access routes impassable.

    - Large areas with power and communications outages.


Potential impacts from the main wind event are also now unfolding

across the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend. Remain well sheltered

from dangerous wind having additional limited to significant impacts.


* SURGE:

Potential impacts from the main surge event are now unfolding across

the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend coastline. Remain well away from

life- threatening surge having additional extensive impacts. If

realized, these impacts include:

    - Large areas of deep inundation with storm surge flooding

      accentuated by battering waves. Structural damage to buildings,

      with several washing away. Damage compounded by floating

      debris. Locations may be uninhabitable for an extended period.

    - Large sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads

      washed out or severely flooded. Flood control systems and

      barriers may become stressed.

    - Severe beach erosion with significant dune loss.

    - Major damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Many small

      craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected

      anchorages with some lifted onshore and stranded.


* FLOODING RAIN:

Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across

southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia. Remain well guarded

against life- threatening flood waters having additional extensive

impacts. If realized, these impacts include:

    - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.

    - Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in

      multiple places. Small streams, creeks, and ditches may become

      dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become

      stressed.

    - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple

      communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed

      away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.

      Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with

      underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.

      Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.


Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across

the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend. Remain well guarded against

dangerous flood waters having possible limited impacts.


* TORNADOES:

Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across southeast

Alabama and southwest Georgia. Remain well braced against a dangerous

tornado event having possible significant impacts. If realized, these

impacts include:

    - The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution

      of emergency plans during tropical events.

    - Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots

      of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures.

    - Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile

      homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or

      uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about.

      Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.


Elsewhere across EASTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...FLORIDA BIG

BEND...little to no impact is anticipated.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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* EVACUATIONS:


Remain in a safe place. Do not enter evacuated areas until officials

have given the all clear to return.


* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:


Do not be a thrill seeker or risk your life for senseless photos or

videos.


Quickly move to the safest place within your shelter if it begins to

fail, preferably an interior room on the lowest floor as long as

flooding is not a concern.


If you are prone to flooding or in an area under a storm surge watch

or warning, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic

rise in water levels.


* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov

- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org


NEXT UPDATE

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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather

Service in Tallahassee FL around 12 AM EDT, or sooner if conditions

warrant.


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