Hurricane Michael Now Accelerating Through Southwestern Georgia; Deadly Storm Surge, Damaging Winds Continue Following Florida Panhandle Landfall
By weather.com meteorologists
Category 1 Hurricane Michael Now Accelerating Through Georgia
Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will continue as Michael moves inland.
At a Glance
- Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, early Wednesday afternoon.
- It was the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
- Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds will continue as Michael moves inland.
- Over a million power outages may occur not just near the coast, but also inland.
- Rainfall flooding is also a significant threat inland into the Carolinas.
Hurricane Michael made landfall as a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon. Life-threatening storm surge and 100-plus-mph winds are expected not just near the coast, but also inland, which could leave some areas without power for over a week.
Hurricane Michael is currently centered about 20 miles southwest of Albany, Georgia, and is accelerating northeastward. It is a Category 1 hurricane as of Wednesday evening.