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Thousands Of Residents Are Already Without Power In Georgia

As Hurricane Michael continues to travel inland, thousands of people are already without power in Georgia.

The storm struck the Florida panhandle this afternoon, and with a strong storm surge and 155 mile per hour winds, it left a trail of destruction behind.

According to CNN, Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 storm, with winds dropping to 125 miles per hour.

CNN on Twitter

JUST IN: Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 mph, according to the latest weather advisory. Its center is now moving into SE Alabama and SW Georgia. https://t.co/0Kuj2eBK5Q Track the storm: https://t.co/iWfsqFTA8e Follow updates: https://t.co/9CM35NMQD4 https://t.co/05CxZd9bwW

The CSRA is expected to feel the effects of Michael this evening into tomorrow morning.

According to WRDW, a 5:40 p.m. update indicates that close to 54,000 people have lost power in Georgia.

The Situation Room on Twitter

Georgia is going to be next. And Georgia hasn't seen a storm like this in quite some time. We're looking at a Cat 2 storm going into Georgia. That alone is a severe impact to that state. So this isn't over yet."

In preparation for a power outage, get those cell phones plugged in now and make a list of important numbers.

You'll need them in the event the power is out for an extended period of time and your phone battery dies.

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