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Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

Panovich: Hurricane Michael will bring heavy rain to the Carolinas JUST IN: Tropical Storm Nadine forms, Michael wind speeds up to 110 mph
Steven Clarke | 10 October, 2018, 05:13

By 11 a.m., Michael had winds of 110 miles per hour, just below a major Category 3 hurricane, and was getting stronger, drawing energy from Gulf waters with temperatures in the mid-80s.

8, 2018, showing the forecast beach erosion, overwash and inundation effects of Hurricane Michael's predicted landfall in the Florida Panhandle.

Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Panhandle in decades.

Landfall is expected Wednesday on the northeastern Gulf Coast, where authorities warned of a potentially devastating strike.

Hurricanes are violent storms that can bring devastation to coastal areas, threatening lives, homes and businesses.

The first rains from Michael already started to soak the Florida Keys on Monday.

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

"The impact will be storm surge, very heavy rain and strong, gusty winds as it makes landfall", Bridges said. Forecasters said Michael's storm winds stretched 370 miles (595 kilometers) across, with hurricane-strength winds extending up to 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the center.

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said he's "not seeing the level of traffic" he would expect when three-quarters of the county's residents are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. There is a small chance they could swipe the eastern edge of Southern New England on Friday morning.

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

The storm then looks destined to move through the southeast USA on Thursday as a tropical storm, bringing heavy rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, before moving back out to the Atlantic on Friday. Heavy rain could trigger the same kind of unsafe flash flooding in the Big Bend, Panhandle, Georgia and SC, forecasters warned.

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President Trump has committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need, according to Scott. "Residents in these areas should follow all advice given by their local officials", the hurricane center said. "It looks like another big one", he added.

The governor activated 750 national guardsman for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before.

Panama City could see a storm surge at depths from 6 to 9 feet.

The storm's effects will be felt far from the eye of the hurricane.

Scott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida. Plenty of water. I made sure we've got clean clothes. More than 80 deaths were linked to that storm, according to The Associated Press - including residents of a nursing home. By Friday (Oct. 12), the storm will make its way out over the northern Atlantic, NOAA is now predicting.

Earlier Tuesday, Scott stressed that time was running out for residents to prepare.

"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".

While the swiftly moving storm is not expected to linger over Florida for long, widespread heavy downpours will likely track inland to flood-stricken areas of the Carolinas even as rain-gorged rivers there begin to recede, National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Widelski told the conference call.

Levy County has closed its schools through Thursday; Florida State University, in Tallahassee, has closed as well.

"Families should take the opportunity today to make sure they have three days of food and water, as well as all needed medications", Governor Scott wrote on Twitter. "Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States" Wednesday night and Thursday.

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