Hurricane Michael expected to rapidly intensify; Tropical Storm Watch for Mississippi

10 October, 2018, 19:59 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Unfortunately, yes, more rain expected with Hurricane Michael brewing in the Gulf of Mexico

According to the Associated Press, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 35 counties, from the Panhandle through to Tampa Bay, to rush preparations, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. "Theres no excuse, youve got to keep your families safe".

As was the case with recent devastating hurricanes such as Florence and Harvey, forecasters say the biggest dangers for this storm come from the massive amounts of water Michael will bring, in the form of a storm surge and intense rainfall.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael's arrival. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, and tropical storm watches have been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Storm surge could reach heights of 6 to 9 feet from the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Mexico Beach and from Keaton Beach to Cedar Key.

A storm surge warning - meaning unsafe flooding could strike in the next 36 hours - is in effect for a long swath of Florida's coast, from the Okaloosa-Walton county line east of Pensacola to the Anclote River, just north of Tampa Bay.

"Never ends, but we're all prepared and hopefully it won't be as bad as it's looking", Mr. Trump said.

As of the 4pm CDT advisory Monday evening, Michael was a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Having lived in Florida for the last 20 years, Richard said he is taking all necessary precautions.


"We are running out of time". "And theyre forecasting a major hurricane by this time tomorrow". It's moving north at 13 miles per hour.

The storm could strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday, and could hit the Panhandle by Wednesday. The forecast track is fairly set, he said. The bloom has spread to Florida's Panhandle and the Miami area. "The models are in pretty good agreement". It will weaken into a tropical storm near the Carolinas and Virginia on its way back to the Atlantic Ocean, forecasters said.

Florida State University and Florida A&M University announced they will be canceling classes for the rest of the week, meaning many students will likely be taking to the roads to escape the storms path.

"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", Johnson said of the city, straddling the shore of Apalachicola Bay, a Gulf of Mexico inlet that reaps about 90 percent of Florida's oysters. An Air Force spokesperson told Fox News that roughly 50 F-22 stealth fighter jets - valued around $150 million each - have been relocated from the Tyndall Air Force Base, while the U.S. Navy said it is moving all its training aircraft from Pensacola.

While they are monitoring the storm, some TT nationals whom Newsday spoke to are not unduly concerned.

"The majority of impacts on our area will be Tuesday night and Wednesday", said Paul Close, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Ruskin. The storm will also unleash flooding rain and destructive winds starting Tuesday night and continuing through Wednesday.

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