Hurricane Michael Expected to Make Landfall Wednesday

Cesar Mills
October 10, 2018

Maximum sustained winds are at 140 miles per hour as it moves north over the Gulf of Mexico at 13 miles per hour.

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday.

It is expected to be the strongest storm to ever hit Florida's Panhandle.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in coastal and low-lying areas along the Panhandle, including at least four counties and parts of Panama City. And isolated tornadoes were also possible.

Forecasters said Michael's tropical storm-force winds stretched 370 miles across, with hurricane-strength winds extending up to 35 miles from the center.

Up to 12 inches of rain could fall in Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend, southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia. Rain amounts could easily top an inch again.

In Central Florida, the onshore winds will generate off and on gusty squalls throughout the day. This will enhance rain over Northern New England Thursday and Thursday night.

Hurricane Michael is bearing down on the Florida Panhandle with frightening fury. "We've got supplies to last us a week".

It has been decades since people in this area have seen anything like what they are about to experience with Hurricane Michael. They took turns to singing the wood covering the bar's windows already marked with "Rock Me Hurricane 2018".

"I guess it's the worst case scenario. And that was a Category 3", said Bob Hurst of the Bay County Historical Society. Torrential downpours and flash flooding from the storm over the weekend caused 13 deaths in Central America.

A hurricane warning is also in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to Florida's Suwannee River, while tropical storm warnings have been issued as far north as North Carolina.

A large mound of sand in Tallahassee was whittled down to a small pile within hours Monday as residents filled sandbags against potential flooding.

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

He is not taking any chances this time.

"I know it's going to cover everything around here", Sadousky said Tuesday, eyeing water lapping at the edge of a canal behind his home.

The Commodity Weather Group said Michael was not likely to cause much interruption to oil and gas production.

Marion County Public Schools will be open Wednesday, and no evacuation shelters have been open.

Any time a tropical system, and it's remnants, move north up the East Coast we need to be concerned here in ME for wind and rain.

"Impacts from Hurricane Michael along the Florida Panhandle will include a unsafe storm surge, flooding rainfall and damaging winds".

It was upgraded early Wednesday to a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Michael howled closer to Florida's Gulf shore on Tuesday as a major Category 3 storm, and half a million coastal residents were urged to seek higher ground on the eve of a landfall forecast to bring towering waves and roof-shredding winds.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for her state Tuesday because of expected wide-spread power outages and wind damage.

The storm will drift into the Mid-Atlantic States and out to sea by Friday. This storm poses no threat to land. And once the wind stops howling and the water recedes, Thomas will await the natural outcome of a hurricane for someone who works in the air conditioning business in a place known for hot, humid summers. It is located about 1,780 miles west-southwest of the Azores.

Michael was moving north at 12 miles per hour.

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