Hurricane Michael’s forecast has taken a more dramatic shift from yesterday’s predictions. The storm has intensified and will make landfall as a category 4 hurricane (145 mph sustained winds) sometime this morning, and it will remain a minor hurricane (category 1 or 2) as it crosses over central Georgia. Our area is still forecasted to experience tropical storm weather, but the potential for severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms and tornados) and wind gusts have slightly increased. Our area is under a tropical storm warning, meaning we could potentially receive wind gusts in excess of 50 mph, see localized flash flooding and experience severe weather. Good news, if there is such a thing, the storm is continuing to move quickly (13 mph), so we could see this storm push out by early Friday morning.
We encourage everyone to review the downtime procedures for your area and to begin making necessary preparations for the possible loss of essential utilities. Although we are concerned for the potential of strong wind gusts and severe weather, we remain confident this storm will not affect our capability to provide quality healthcare to our community.
We will continue to monitor the storm throughout the day and provide updates.