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MACON, Georgia. (41 NBC/WMGT) – The latest update from the National Hurricane Center regarding Tropical Storm Hermine shows the forecast track farther off towards south Georgia than middle Georgia. Heavier rainfall amounts are still favorable for southeastern portions of central Georgia.
A Flash Flood Watch will go into effect late tonight until Saturday morning. It includes many counties in middle Georgia. Rainfall totals will range from 2-4+ inches.
A Tropical Storm Watch stretches from Sandersville to Fort Valley and south until Sunday morning. Wind speeds will likely be 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning also stretches from Johnson County to Dooly County and southward until Sunday morning. Winds will likely be stronger in this portion of the state (20-30 mph, gusts up to 45 mph).
Rain bands will start moving in tonight, with the bulk of the storm passing through middle/southern Georgia from 10 PM tonight – 5 PM tomorrow. There will still be some lingering showers/storms tomorrow evening, but the majority of the system will have exited the state by 5 PM.
Once again, this is the latest update. The above information is subject to change. Tropical systems are very tricky to forecast, as atmospheric conditions are changing hourly. If the storm moves slightly more northward, it will drastically change rainfall accumulations and wind speeds. However, if it continues on its southward track, less rain can be expected for the northern half of middle Georgia.
The 41 First Alert Storm Team will be bringing you the latest updates today and tomorrow – on air, on our website (41nbc.com) and on social media.