Hurricane Michael Barrels Toward Florida as Category 4 Storm

11 October, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

Sustained winds have been measured at up to 155 miles per hour, which is at the extreme upper limit of what weather experts expect from a Category 4 storm.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said earlier that Michael was expected to make landfall as a Category 3 storm as soon as Wednesday.

Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind Andrew in 1992, Camille, and the biggest one of all, an unnamed 1935 Labor Day storm that had winds of 296kph.

The National Weather Service described Michael as "extremely unsafe", saying it will bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast.

Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

People have been told it is now too late to evacuate and should seek immediate refuge from the powerful storm, which has neared 140mph according to an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter crew.

Florida's Panhandle is covered with thousands of pine trees.

Bottomline - Petro says Eastern and Central Carolina need to take Hurricane Michael seriously.

An estimated 500,000 people are under evacuation orders and advisories in Florida alone.

There was a storm surge warning in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Anclote River in Florida, and a storm surge watch in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., to Duck, N.C.

President Donald Trump approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal money and help in Florida.

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Heavy rains are forecast for the Carolinas, which were drenched by Hurricane Florence last month.

Areas along the coast and inland, miles from the expected landfall zone, will be at risk from this strong and large storm. "We can rebuild your house, but we cannot rebuild your life", Scott said at a press conference Tuesday, warning that "this storm can kill you".

Michael will spawn massive storm surges - or walls of ocean water - as high as 14 feet, forecasters said.

"Going back through records to 1851 we can't find another Cat 4 in this area, so this is unfortunately a historical and incredibly unsafe and life-threatening situation", he said.

There has been a state-wide state of emergency issued in Alabama with power outages and wind damage likely.

Meanwhile, tropical storm watches were in effect in some coastal areas of Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and SC.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan bluntly advised residents choosing to ride it out that first-responders won't be able to reach them while Michael smashes into the coast. He focused on islands off the coast whose bridges may close as the storm approaches.

"You get those kinds of winds, (and) it's catastrophic damage to the trees' structure", Graham said.

Another factor: Its pressure, the measurement meteorologists use to gauge a hurricane's strength. This will be at some point on Wednesday morning (today) Florida time.

Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov. The water is still turned on. The storm is expected to drop as much as 12 inches of rain in some areas of the state before continuing its path north into Georgia and moving northward into southeastern New England Thursday night and Friday. Following Hurricane Irma past year, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.

Forecasters say some regions of the USA may see 12in (30cm) of rain, and storm surges of up to 12ft (3.6m).

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