These maps shed light on when and where Hurricane Michael will hit
11 October, 2018, 06:38 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Area bridges will close when winds reach 40 m.p.h. and will remain closed for the duration of the storm.
Only threemajor hurricanes have made landfall in the Panhandle since 1950: Eloise in 1975, Opal in 1995 and Dennis in 2005.
Central pressure continues to fall and now sits at 947 millibars.
When it made landfall about midday in the Florida Panhandle, the Michael was packing 155 miles per hour winds, 2 miles per hour shy of a Category 5 storm.
The projected path of the storm remains unchanged.
"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", Johnson said of his city on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, which where about 90 percent of Florida's oysters are harvested.
Hurricane Michael, pictured in a satellite image taken on October 8, 2018, when it was still a tropical storm, could produce life-threatening flooding. The pressure was down to 957 millibars. It was moving to the north at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, that's up from 100 mph from the previous advisory.
In its discussion, the center said the environment ahead of Michael was conducive to intensification.
A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.
The storm is likely to dump prodigious amounts of rain over Florida, Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Carolinas - still reeling from post-Florence flooding - and into Virginia. The central pressure remains 965 millibars.
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Among them was Betty Early, 75, a retiree who joined about 300 fellow evacuees huddled on makeshift bedrolls of blankets and collapsed cardboard boxes at an elementary school converted into an American Red Cross shelter in Panama City, near the storm's expected landfall.
Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro with the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh says Michael will be a wind and rain event locally, with the possibility for gusty winds and 3-5 inches of rainfall.
As of 10 a.m., the hurricane watch for the coast of Alabama was discontinued. The track of Michael as of 8 a.m. Wednesday is for it to veer quickly toward the northeast after coming ashore, with its center moving over Albany and east of the Macon-Warner Robins area.
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley also said that anyone seeking local resources connected to Hurricane Michael can dial 2-1-1 or 706-405-4775 around the clock.
The worst is yet to come as it is forecast to create a devastating storm surge of more than four meters.
The hurricane's effects will be felt far from its eye.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
Most of the hundreds of thousands of people told to evacuate have ignored the warnings, thinking they could ride the storm out.
As of 2 p.m. EDT, Michael had winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph), just below a Category 3 hurricane, and was getting stronger, drawing energy from Gulf waters in the mid-80s. It's expected to strengthen to a Category 3 or even 4 by Wednesday afternoon.
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Florida has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Michael which is due to hit the U.S. coast next week. The latest forecast cone now gets Michael to hurricane status by Wednesday , which remains the most likely date for landfall.
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