Hurricane Michael: Here’s a behind-the-wheel view of the current driving conditions in the Chattahoochee Valley.
Hurricane Michael churned across Columbus Wednesday evening, bringing rain and vicious winds that toppled trees and power lines and left a few roads impassable until crews could clear them.
The city of Columbus created an interactive map in advance of the storm, where officials are providing updates on which roads are closed.
You can click on the individual locations to bring up a list of information, which includes the location of the closure, whether it was storm-related, what caused the closure, if any property was damaged, and what the status of the closure is.
The storm, which was one of the strongest to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 when it struck the Florida panhandle Wednesday afternoon, didn’t bring much damage to the Columbus area, the National Weather Service said.
Part of the reason is the storm passed to the south and east of Columbus, leaving Muscogee County on the weaker side of the hurricane that devastated the Florida panhandle before moving inland. The highest reported wind gusts in Columbus were 41 mph at 11:14 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service Peachtree City office. About that same time, sustained winds were 30 mph.
The storm was still a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph at 5 p.m. when the eye crossed the Florida-Georgia line. At 11 p.m. when the eye was near Cordele, it was still classified as a Category 1 hurricane with winds the National Hurricane Center was reporting at 75 mph. It was downgraded to a tropical storm at 2 a.m. when it was east, southeast of Macon.