Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Hurricane Michael Expected to Make Landfall Wednesday

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael Hurricane Michael Strengthens As It Rapidly Approaches Florida
Elijah Vega | 10 October, 2018, 20:00

"We have a pit in our stomachs", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said on Wednesday morning discussing the storm's approach on the Weather Channel.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration at the request of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The boardwalk in the resort town of Destin was almost deserted on Tuesday, the shops and adjoining restaurants closed less than 24 hours before Hurricane Michael was set to slam into this stretch of Florida's Gulf Coast famous for its white beaches.

"We've told those who stayed to have their life jackets on when the storm comes", Tress Dameron, Franklin County emergency management coordinator, told The News Herald in Panama City.

Hurricaene Michael is expected to be "extremely dangerous" by meteorologists.

After ripping through Florida, FEMA warned that Hurricane Michael could cause flash flooding throughout Alabama, Georgia, and North and SC.

At 8 a.m. EDT, Michael was centered was about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Panama City and Apalachicola, moving fast at 13 mph (21 kph). Storm surges and subsequent flooding remain a major concern as governors across the region declare states of emergency and residents either flee or hunker down.

Northwest Florida as a region attracted almost 17 million visitors in 2016, or 15 percent of total tourists in the state, according to Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing arm.

European Union officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit
However, May has not yet shown the new proposal to Foster, whose party the prime minister depends upon for her Commons majority. She said there was evidence that Brexit was "dislodging long-held red lines about the union".

Wind shears are winds which impact the sides of a hurricane and can weaken or sometimes dissipate the storm.

More than 300 miles of coastline was under threat, the National Weather Service has said.

The storm surge in some places in Florida could reach more than 10 feet, the NHC warned.

"The time for evacuating along the coast has come and gone".

He added that it is predicted to be "the most destructive storm to hit the Florida panhandle in decades".

More than 2.1 million residents of at least 20 Florida counties were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

Offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated workers, halting almost a fifth of daily production. Torrential downpours and flash flooding from the storm over the weekend caused 13 deaths in Central America. US producers in the Gulf cut oil production by about 40 percent and natural gas output by 28 percent on Tuesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

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