Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Hurricane Michael to make landfall on Florida Panhandle as powerful Category 4

NOAA: Hurricane Michael 2018 Projected Path, Spaghetti Models Unfortunately, yes, more rain expected with Hurricane Michael brewing in the Gulf of Mexico
Theresa Hayes | 10 October, 2018, 19:57

The hurricane's sustained winds are expected to hit up to 120 miles per hour by late Tuesday, making it a major hurricane - the designation for Category 3 storms and above, on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

In Gulf County alone, the first to begin ordering residents of low-lying areas to higher ground, mandatory evacuation notices encompassed an estimated 3,800 homes, said Jessica Sasich of the county's emergency operations centre.

"#Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds, with storm surge and hurricane watches in effect", the NHC said on Twitter.

In Florida, state offices, schools and universities were set to close on October 9 through the end of the week in panhandle counties.

CNN reports that such language is warranted, for Michael is now "slashing Cuba" and is expected to reach Category 3 status (with sustained winds from 111-129 mph) by Wednesday when it reaches the USA mainland.

Michael's maximum sustained winds increased to 90 miles per hour on Monday night, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 p.m. EST update.

Late Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center upgraded then Tropical Storm Michael to Category 1 hurricane status.

Hurricane Michael is expected to bring storm surges and heavy rainfall when it smashes into Florida midweek. "What you're going to do is push a whole bunch of water into this whole area which is very vulnerable to storm surge".

The Florida State men's and women's swimming & diving teams will not travel to Christiansburg, Virginia due to the threat of Hurricane Michael. "Take care of them", he said.

The storm is expected to strengthen as it nears land sometime late Tuesday or Wednesday. As of Saturday night, the forecast looks like western Florida could see the most intense part of the storm.

Carpenter said Beaufort County residents should stay informed and prepare for the storm's potential impact.

He noted that residents in the nearby coastal county of Wakulla were being forced to keep their shelters shut because they aren't built to withstand severe winds that may come with Hurricane Michael.

By 5 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 80 miles per hour.

At its current rate of speed, tropical-storm-force winds should reach the northern Gulf Coast as early as Tuesday evening, after which conditions will deteriorate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 35 counties, from the Panhandle through Tampa Bay, to rush preparations, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. The weather advisory warned of potential mudslides in Cuba and life-threatening flash floods for areas of Florida, the mid-Atlantic states and ranging up to southern New England.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for.

The hurricane, now off Cuba's western tip, is expected to make landfall on the Florida panhandle and affect portions of southern Alabama. He added, "Today it is about life and safety".