Moving Hurricane Michael menaces Florida Panhandle

James Marshall
October 10, 2018

CNN reports that the organization released a statement calling the storm a "dangerous major hurricane", and emphasizing the damage it could do once it makes landfall. There is still the chance for there to be tropical storm force winds in Charlotte.

In neighboring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on Monday in anticipation of wind damage, heavy rains and power outages. Maximum sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour, once they hit 39 miles per hour, we can officially call this storm Tropical Storm Michael (This will happen today). Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the core and tropical-storm-force winds out 175 miles (280 kilometers).

"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", said the agency's 5 a.m. ET update. The latest, 12z operational run of the European model shows Michael reaching a central pressure of 943.8mb shortly after noon on Wednesday, before making landfall along the Florida coast.

Everyone in hurricane and storm surge warning zones should prepare for life-threatening winds, the NHC said.

Michael is moving toward the north near 7 miler per hour at a northward motion.

Hurricane Michael is about 295 miles south of Panama City and has reached major hurricane strength with highest sustained winds of 120 mph.

Scott said in addition to declaring a state of emergency, he asked President Donald Trump to declare a pre-landfall disaster to free up federal resources.

NHC Director Ken Graham warned that Hurricane Michael's winds could reach at least 100 miles per hour or higher as the storm approaches the coast on October 10.

The governor activated 750 national guardsman for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before. Mandatory evacuations were under way in coastal areas, with 1,250 National Guard soldiers aiding the process and more than 4,000 troops placed on standby, Scott tweeted.

Florida Fish and Wildlife has put 40 additional law enforcement officers on notice to deploy with a variety of special equipment, including boats.

The storm was forecast to move through the southeastern United States on Wednesday night and Thursday, passing through Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

"The storm surge is absolutely deadly". In the meantime, those facilities have established other ways to keep residents cool and safe, she added.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in the state. Cedar Key to Chassahowitzka could see storm surge topping out between 4 to 6 feet.

Knapp noted that numerous association's members, which comprise more than 80 percent of nursing homes statewide, have been working with AHCA to prepare for the impending storm.

Local authorities are stressing timely evacuation, too.

"The satellite presentation of Michael has continued to improve overnight and this morning, with the center well embedded within an area of cold cloud tops".

Peaton says he's working closely with the National Weather Service to provide accurate information and protective measures to his county, which faces the Gulf of Mexico and is especially vulnerable to any flooding produced by Michael.

Okaloosa County officials announced Davidson Middle School in Crestview would be the first to open at 8 p.m. Monday for the general population and those with special needs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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