MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Whew. What a day. Hurricane Michael made history, crashing into the Florida panhandle with winds of 155 miles per hour and a minimum pressure of 919 millibars. Both of those numbers make Michael the strongest hurricane to hit the the Florida panhandle in recorded history, and one of the 3-5 strongest recorded hurricanes to strike the U.S. mainland. One life was lost in Gadsden County, Florida Thursday will likely bring more revelation of the magnitude of the damage, and I fear we will learn of additional loss of life from this powerful hurricane.
Alabama felt the effects, too. Winds of 55-70 miles per hour struck parts of Houston, Henry, Dale, Coffee and Geneva counties, and strong wind was also reported in other parts of southeast Alabama. Thousands of people lost power in east and southeast Alabama.
Now, things get better! Sunshine returns Thursday; cooler air arrives, too! We’ll warm into the 80s across the state today and tomorrow, but a big drop in humidity will make it feel cooler. Highs this weekend and next week stay in the 70s, a sure sign that Fall weather is finally here.
I’d say we’ve earned it.