Hurricane Michael menaces Florida after fatal flooding in Central America

10 October, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Michael almost a hurricane moving north into the Gulf	 	 	 			Michael continues to show signs of strengthening Monday morning

As Micheal moves north the storm will continue to strengthen, and it could become a major Category 3 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico by midweek.

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a powerful Category 4 hurricane. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.

"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post.

After crossing the Florida panhandle midweek, Michael is also expected to soak Tennessee and swaths of the Mid-Atlantic, including Virginia and Maryland, later this week.

Enlarge / 12z European model forecast for Hurricane Michael's position at 2pm ET on Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency from the Panhandle down to the Big Bend region, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered where Michael is expected to come ashore.

In a subsequent post, the NHC added that the storm surge Hurricane Michael will produce should also be cause for caution.

Ahead of Michael, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for every county in central Georgia. Throughout the Panhandle, bag after bag is being filled with sand, as wary homeowners like Mark Schneider brace for the worst. A couple breweries in the city offered free filtered water to anyone bringing in growlers, jugs or other containers.

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For us here in the Tennessee Valley, the system could help enhance showers and storms in North Alabama mid-week, but significant impacts still look to be confined to the south and southeast. "We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life". The school's main campus is in Tallahassee, and a satellite campus is in Panama City on the Panhandle's coast. Officials have warned of storm surge, flooding and widespread power outages that could last days. Ann Beaver was among the three-quarters of city residents who lost power after that storm.

"I don't want to lose everything in the freezer, but it is what is", said Beaver as she loaded sandbags into her family's pickup truck.

Farther west along Florida's Panhandle, the city of Pensacola tweeted to residents, "Be sure you have your emergency plan in place".

The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Michael is now centered about 120 miles east northeast of Cozumel and 70 miles south of the western tip of Cuba, and it is expected to work its way into the Gulf of Mexico, where warm waters will make the storm much stronger. Winds become westerly late Thursday night into Friday morning, remaining 40 to 50 knots with gusts to 60 knots, until the center of Michael moves off the coast near the North Carolina/Virginia border Friday morning. The National Hurricane Center has enacted hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge warnings for more than 300 miles of the Florida coast. In these outermost bands strong winds, heavy rain, and a few isolated tornadoes will be possible.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state.

The red tide in the Gulf of Mexico off southwest Florida that began last October after Hurricane Irma swept up the state has killed massive amounts of marine life and caused respiratory irritations in people.

Tracy Fanara at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota said the algae are "very vulnerable to turbulence" and the bloom could dissipate. However, Fanara said, Michael's strong winds also could stir up pollution and nutrients in the water that feed algae blooms.

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