Florida governor warns storm could have wind of 100 mph

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2018

Current projections suggest Michael could make landfall along the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Scott said during a 6 p.m. news conference that he declared an emergency in 26 counties in the Panhandle and the Big Bend - generally areas surrounding Tallahassee - because of a storm in the Gulf of Mexico that became Tropical Storm Michael on Sunday.

In the Washington DC region we are expecting a plume of deep tropical moisture associated with Michael to enhance our threat of rain, showers & t-storms Thursday ahead of a cold front.

The most substantial swell from Michael will be along the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday and Wednesday given the overall track of the storm.

The depression was moving north at 3 miles per hour.

As of 11 p.m. ET, Hurricane Michael is located 220 miles south of Panama City, Florida and about 200 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida The storm is moving north at about 12 mph. Storm surge projections are in excess of 8 to 12 feet.

Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a risky major hurricane within days.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency has entered OPCON 4 and is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael. "We know that a storm like Michael can be devastating and deadly".

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts.

Computer models are in good agreement on the track, but slight shifts toward the coast or toward the mountains will have a big impact on our forecast.

Wind shear is said to be a major factor in the future of hurricane Michael. The Weather Service said the storm also could contribute to minor coastal flooding early in the week, in part because of the astronomical high tides that were already forecast to occur before the storm's formation. Tropical storm to hurricane force winds are less than four days away from the United States.

Now is the time to prepare in the case of heavy rain and severe storms. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Warning is in effect for.

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