Evacuations ordered as Hurricane Michael speeds toward Florida
10 October, 2018, 22:44 | Author: Billie Castillo
The NHCwarned that the waves and rain could trigger deadly flooding, and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should likewise "prepare for life-threatening winds". A Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds of between 130 miles per hour and 156 miles per hour.
Tallahassee Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum, who will face off against Gov Scott in the November election, has also suspended his campaign and returned to the northern Florida city to help with storm preparations.
A hurricane warning was in effect for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, with a hurricane watch in place from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border. "You have some time tomorrow, but [as] you start looking at tomorrow night into Wednesday, things start to deteriorate rapidly".
Hurricane Michael is forecast to barrel its way through the states of Alabama and Georgia, as well as parts of MS and Tennessee, during the same day.
Hurricane watches and storm surge watches have been issued along the Florida Panhandle.
At 11 a.m. Michael was about 50 miles south of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through tonight.
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Though Michael has a fierce core of winds around its eye, one of the biggest concerns with its eventual landfall is the storm surge likely to come in points east of wherever the hurricane's eye makes landfall.
US Rep. Neal Dunn, whose district includes Panama City, urged people under evacuation orders to get out before tropical-storm-force winds arrived.
"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said at a press briefing.
The hurricane, now off Cuba's western tip, is expected to make landfall on the Florida panhandle and affect portions of southern Alabama.
Past year millions of customers across Florida were without power after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Keys and then again in Collier County before crawling up the spine of the state.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency in anticipation of widespread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds. "You can not hide from this storm". Landfall is expected Wednesday on Florida's northeast Gulf Coast.
"We haven't seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades", he said. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".
Aside from causing power outages, flooding and property damage, Michael could also worsen a toxic algae bloom that has plagued Florida's beaches for a year.
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The state capital of Florida, Tallahassee, is set to be one of the worst-hit areas when the storm makes landfall on Wednesday. Michael is forecast to reach the Panhandle as a major Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday with 125 miles per hour winds.
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