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Hurricane Michael: Hazards, forecast, rainfall totals across south, central Georgia

Hurricane Michael claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl in Southwest Georgia, which appeared to be the hardest hit part of the state.

On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 108 of Georgia’s 159 counties as Hurricane Michael made its landfall on the Florida coast.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is covering the preparation and response to Hurricane Michael with reporters and photographers tracking developments as they happen. Come back to ajc.com to keep up with Georgia's weather, storm damage, and alerts from officials on how to keep your family safe.

» Gov. Deal expands state of emergency as 'very dangerous' Hurricane Michael menaces Georgia

» Watch: Live webcams track Hurricane Michael's path as it moves through Florida, Georgia

Here's the current forecast for 9 Georgia cities affected by the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Athens

Hazard: Flash flood watch and tornado watch

Forecast:  Hurricane Michael is expected to hit Wednesday night with showers, a possible thunderstorm and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour during the height of the storm.

Total rainfall: 3 to 5 inches

Albany

Hazard: Hurricane warning, flash flood watch and tornado watch

Forecast: The storm is expected to hit Wednesday evening with tropical storm conditions, possible hurricane conditions and wind gusts up to 33 miles per hour during the height of the storm.

Total rainfall: 3 to 4 inches

Augusta

Hazard: Tropical storm warning and tornado watch

Forecast: Hurricane Michael is expected to hit Wednesday night with possible showers, thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour during the height of the storm.

Total rainfall: Up to 4 inches

Brunswick

Hazard: Tropical storm warning, coastal flood advisory and tornado watch

Forecast: Michael is expected to weaken to a tropical storm and move toward the city from now through Thursday, with possible wind gusts expected to reach between 39 and 57 miles per hour, posing a threat to "life and property."

Total rainfall: Less than an additional tenth of an inch

Columbus

Hazard: Tropical storm warning and flash flood watch

Forecast: Expect Michael to hit Wednesday evening, with wind gusts up to 73 miles per hour during the height of the storm.

Total rainfall: 3 to 5 inches

As the rain picked up outside, the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Macon was nearly bone dry inside as shoppers demonstrated a heavy thirst for water late Wednesday afternoon. Christian Boone/AJC
As the rain picked up outside, the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Macon was nearly bone dry inside as shoppers demonstrated a heavy thirst for water late Wednesday afternoon. Christian Boone/AJC

Macon

Hazard: Tropical storm warning, flash flood watch and tornado watch

Forecast: Sustained winds of up to 45 miles per hour, with gusts approaching 60 miles per hour, are expected beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing into Thursday morning, with the brunt of the storm passing through between 2 and 4 a.m.

"There's a real potential this could still be a Category 1 Hurricane when it hits Macon," said Chris Floyd of the local EMA.

Total rainfall: 3 to 6 inches

Savannah

Hazard: Tropical storm warning and tornado watch

Forecast: It will weaken to a tropical storm and move toward the city from now through Thursday, with possible wind gusts expected to reach between 39 and 57 miles per hour, posing a threat to "life and property."

Total rainfall: Up to an inch

Valdosta

Hazard: Tropical storm warning and tornado watch

Forecast: The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm and move toward the city from now through Thursday, with possible wind gusts expected to reach between 58 and 73 miles per hour, posing a threat to "life and property."

Total rainfall: up to 3 inches

Waycross

Hazard: Tropical storm warning and tornado watch

Forecast: Michael is expected to weaken to a tropical storm and move toward the city from now through Thursday, with possible wind gusts expected to reach between 58 and 73 miles per hour, posing a threat to "life and property."

Total rainfall: Up to an inch

More Hurricane Michael coverage from The AJC:

» Hurricane Michael: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill

» What is a state of emergency? Georgia braces for Hurricane Michael

» Storm prep checklist for outside the home

» What is a state of emergency? Georgia braces for Hurricane Michael

» The difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning

» How to know whether your tree will fall during Hurricane Michael

» What you should do if a tree falls on your house or car — and how to prevent it from happening at all

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

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