Michael reduces to tropical storm with winds still reported up to 70 mph

Photo from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Hurricane Michael made landfall along the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm Wednesday afternoon, and is continuing to push inland across the southeastern U.S.

Accuweather.com reported the hurricane hit Florida and Mexico Beach with wind gusts over 100 mph during the height of the storm.  The National Weather service said the storm is a “worst case scenario” for the region.  Michael is the first Category 4 hurricane to ever hit the area.

As of 12:10 a.m., Michael was reduced to a tropical storm, still packing winds as high as 70 mph as it moves through central Georgia.  Winds were gusting at 40 mph in areas as far as Atlanta, despite being almost 90 miles away from the eye of the storm.

Tornado watches and warnings were issued across much of South Carolina Thursday evening, and will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday morning. d

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