As storm bears down, Florida Democrats seek voter registration delay

Cesar Mills
October 10, 2018

"Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center said. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Swells generated by Michael are beginning to affect the coasts of the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an emergency declaration for her entire state, expecting widespread power outages and other problems from Michael.

The heaviest rain will tend to fall in areas that were missed by Florence and focused from the Florida Panhandle to southwestern and central Georgia to part of central SC. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon. The storm's interaction with a high pressure to the north is helping to create hazardous conditions on local beaches where Weather Service advisories are in effect. The governor has also warned that there is a "significant" chance of tornadoes.

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.

Bur forecasters fear serious hazards could also have a huge impact dozens of miles inland, with storm surges possibly flooding rivers while Tallahassee could be battered by winds of 75mph.

Tropical Storm Michael has turned into a hurricane and is expected to strengthen rapidly before hitting Florida this week, bringing with it winds of at least 160 kilometres per hour and life-threatening flash flooding.

A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye off the western tip of Cuba found wind speeds rising.

The NHC has issued numerous hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge warnings for Florida and its neighboring states of Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

As Hurricane Michael continues to churn it's way toward the Florida Panhandle Tuesday (10/9) tens of thousands of people potentially in harm's way have been ordered to heed warnings of possible severe coastal flooding.

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"It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more unsafe", Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.

Meanwhile, Surfline is offering several live streams of beaches in Florida that may be impacted, including Twin Piers in Manatee County, Anna Maria Island beach, Panama City Beach, and the Venice Beach jetties.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced an extension Tuesday morning that will allow county supervisors to accept paper voter-registration applications when they reopen from the storm.

The trajectory at press time Monday showed Michael making landfall in Florida before the cone passes directly over the Columbia area into central North Carolina.

More than 100,000 people were ordered out of a long swath of low-lying communities, including many in Bay County, home of Panama City.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open in Wakulla County because Michael was forecast to become a major hurricane with winds topping 111 miles per hour (178 kph).

Michael underwent a period of "rapid intensification" on Sunday and Monday, its winds strengthening by more than 35 miles per hour. Residents are being urged to evacuate inland.

"I've been talking to mayors, to county commissioners, I think people are taking this serious", Scott said.

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