Hurricane Michael upgraded to 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm

11 Octubre, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • 'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida

Michael was forecast to become a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour when it makes landfall in the Florida panhandle later this week.

Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 storm approaching the Florida Gulf Coast.

Scott said his main concern from the rapidly developing hurricane is storm surge, which the National Weather Service estimates could reach eight to 12 feet between Indian Pass in Gulf County and Cedar Key in Levy County and top six feet from Crystal River in Citrus County to the Okaloosa-Walton County Line.

"The center of Michael will continue to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and tonight", the agency said.

In Mexico Beach, population 1,000, the storm shattered homes, leaving floating piles of lumber.

In South Carolina, emergency management officials were continuing to monitor to the storm in anticipation of "heavy rain, gusty winds, possible tornadoes" and other hazards.

Governor Scott warned in a news conference that Hurricane Michael is a "massive storm that could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the panhandle". A pine tree punched a hole in their roof and he said the roar of the storm sounded like a jet engine as the winds accelerated. Evacuations spanned 22 counties from the Florida Panhandle into north central Florida. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK -------- At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 86.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour (19 km/h).

Smith, in Gadsden County, said the situation was risky even for emergency personnel.

"We will probably evacuate to like Alabama or wherever we can go to be safe", she said. Following Hurricane Irma a year ago, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.

Smith could not provide details on the victim.

Gulf Breeze, Fla. -resident Cathy Gaudette told FOX10 she was getting gas in Alabama along Interstate 10 before heading back to prepare her home for Michael.

General Terrence O Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been surprised by the rapid growth of the storm.

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Michael is likely to cause flooding and a storm surge along the coast.

With a month to go before Election Day, Florida voters in evacuation zones were given an extra day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

The storm is strengthening as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and the hurricane is predicted to be a major storm when it hits the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate. According to the National Weather Service, hurricane hunters in planes report that the storm is growing stronger as it moves northward. "Hurricane Michael poses a deadly threat".

"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said.

Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Panhandle in decades.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said, "God bless everyone because it's going to be a rough one", he said.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Fernandina Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina.

It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches of rain.

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