Hurricane Michael Takes Aim At North Florida While Strengthening Into Category 2

10 October, 2018, 09:52 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Panovich: Hurricane Michael will bring heavy rain to the Carolinas

The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm with its 11 a.m. advisory Tuesday, recording maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Michael is expected to reach major hurricane status on Wednesday as it approaches a landfall between Apalachicola and Pensacola, with 125 miles per hour winds, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday in its 11 a.m. update.

Landfall is expected some time on Wednesday afternoon or early evening near Panama City to Apalachicola.

The last major hurricane - Category 3 or above - to hit the Panhandle was Hurricane Dennis, which made landfall near Pensacola in 2005, according to hurricane center data.

Isolated tornadoes are possible overnight Wednesday in southern Georgia which is under a tropical storm warning.

A storm surge warning is in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton County line to the Anclote River in Florida.

He noted that residents in the nearby coastal county of Wakulla were being forced to keep their shelters shut because they aren't built to withstand severe winds that may come with Hurricane Michael.

That's the word from Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts, who added on Tuesday that the effects of Michael would most likely be limited to showers and wind on Thursday into Friday thanks to a cold front that's heading across the country toward the D.C. area and will fend off Michael before it gets past perhaps the Virginia Beach area.

Currently, the bulk of the forecast model guidance has the storm tracking southeast of the Maritimes, as well as Newfoundland this weekend. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center said.

5pm ET Tuesday forecast track for Hurricane Michael.




In neighboring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on Monday, anticipating wind damage, heavy rains and power outages.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also warned people across northwest Florida that the "monstrous hurricane" was just hours away, bringing deadly risks from high wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

A tropical storm watch is in effect along the southeastern coast of the US from Fernandina Beach, FL, to South Santee River, SC, the Chassahowitzka River to Anna Maria Island in Florida, including Tampa Bay, and the Mississippi-Alabama border to the mouth of the Pearl River.

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, flooding rains, and risky winds are increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast.

Florida's capital city of Tallahassee, which is in the Panhandle, opened two locations on Sunday where residents could get sandbags to prepare for flooding.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect Tuesday morning for some 120,000 people in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the coast.

Unlike Florence, which ravaged the eastern Carolinas only three weeks ago, Michael is expected to move rapidly once it bores inland to Georgia and SC. Forecasters warned of up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountain areas.

All told, over 100 counties throughout multiple states have received emergency declarations, and this CNN clip shows the storm's frightening approach on radar.

Even neighbors in Alabama were bracing.

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