Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida

11 Octubre, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • According to the National Hurricane Center Michael was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Monday morning

Hurricane Michael is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next 24 to 36 hours and will be "a unsafe major hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday", the National Hurricane Center says.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on Monday for residents in various areas in Florida's Gulf and Bay counties, according to a statement from county emergency officials.

With the center of the storm targeting the central Florida Panhandle, that part of the area will get storm surge, hurricane wind heavy rain and possible tornadoes.

Florida State University said its campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City will be closed from Tuesday through Friday.

Once a tropical storm, Hurricane Michael is expected to strike the Florida Panhandle with Category 3 winds of 74-plus miles per hour.

The storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to move mostly north and skirt by Cancun Sunday night and then cross the Gulf Of Mexico and hit theU.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Forecasters say Hurricane Michael will strengthen into a major hurricane by late Tuesday as it continues on a risky path towards the southeastern US state of Florida.

The heaviest rain will tend to fall in areas that were missed by Florence and focused from the Florida Panhandle to southwestern and central Georgia to part of central SC.

Early Tuesday, Michael's top sustained winds had risen some to 90 miles per hour (144 kph) as it headed north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph). "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", the NWS in Tallahassee, Florida, tweeted Wednesday morning.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center predicts a landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

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Scott has activated 1,250 members of the Florida National Guard, with another 4,250 on standby. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Hurricane Michael is expected to reach Category 3 strength before making landfall in Florida's Panhandle, where mandatory evacuations have already been ordered.

As of the 11 pm update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm has sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and gusts of 115 miles per hour.

Escambia through Franklin counties in Northwest Florida are included in the hurricane watch.

"Let's all stay safe and watch this storm closely".

"If this storm hits near Panama City, the Tampa area will still see life threatening storm surge", Scott said. Storm surge is not much of a concern because forecasters expect the hurricane to move quickly across the state, Martin said.

Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Alabama/Florida state line to the Suwanee River along Florida's Big Bend.

Michael's trek to Florida is also affecting politics in the state.

If high winds strike Maryland, the southern and eastern portions of the state are again at the greatest risk.

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