From Staff Reports

Coweta County can expect rain, possible thunderstorms and some gusty wind beginning this afternoon through tomorrow from Hurricane Michael.

The National Weather Services says Hurricane Michael is a category 4 major hurricane with 140-mph winds and is expected to make landfall along the Florida panhandle between noon and 3 p.m. today. It should accelerate northeast over southwest and into middle Georgia tonight.

During the height of the storm once it crosses into Georgia, sustained winds of 25-45 mph will be possible with gusts up to 70 mph across portions of the central part of the state. The strongest winds will be along and south of a line from Columbus to Macon to west of Augusta. Here in Coweta County, sustained winds should be in the 15-20 mph range with gusts to 35 mph.

Below is the latest NWS forecast for Coweta County:

TODAY – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 80. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT – Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

THURSDAY – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.