Friday, 19 October, 2018

Residents Prepare to Evacuate as Hurricane Michael Heads Toward Florida Panhandle

'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida Hurricane Michael: 5 Facts About The Potential Most Destructive Storm To Hit Florida In Decades
Elijah Vega | 11 October, 2018, 12:40

The speed of the storm barreling toward the Florida Panhandle - Michael was moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour (19 kph) - was among the hazards worrying forecasters at the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday morning.

As predicted, the storm's intensity diminished steadily as it pushed inland and curled northeasterly into Georgia after dark. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the southeastern United States.

In the first apparent hurricane-related fatality reported, Gadsden County sheriff's spokeswoman, Anglie Hightower, said a "male subject" was killed by a tree toppling onto his house in Greensboro. This is a very unsafe storm and unprecedented in the area.

Hurricane-force winds extend about 45 miles from the center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching 175 miles, the NHC said.

"My God, it's scary".

"We've been through this before", she said.

Television news footage earlier in the day showed floodwaters up to the roofs of many homes in Mexico Beach. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK -------- At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 86.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour (19 km/h). Wind damage was also widespread.

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr said the 2300 residents were frantically preparing for what could be a strike unlike any seen there in decades.

Tropical Storm Warning:A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Mandatory evacuations are under way in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the Florida Panhandle as Hurricane Michael approaches. We are also working with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states.

"Don't think that you can ride this out if you're in a low-lying area", Nelson said on CNN. "That's going to mean you're gonna get flooding". "It's very, very scary".

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"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den".

Donnie Browning, who lives on Belleair Beach in Pinellas County, said the tide Tuesday afternoon was at least "a couple feet higher" than it was yesterday.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter.

Beach dwellers rushed to board up their homes and sandbag their properties against the fast-moving hurricane, which was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday.

On Oct. 8, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Michael when it was a Category 1 hurricane near the western tip of Cuba.

"Hurricanes that intensify overnight just before reaching land are the worst nightmare of forecasters and emergency managers", tweeted meteorologist and Weather Underground journalist Bob Henson.

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the northeastern Gulf Coast of Florida as a Category 3 storm on Wednesday.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state. The Florida National Guard has over 4,000 more Guard members available for deployment, Scott said.

Hurricane Warning:A hurricane warning is in effect for the Alabama/Florida Border to the Suwannee River. Storms with cloud top temperatures that cold have the capability to produce heavy rainfall.

Energy companies halted almost a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated personnel from 10 platforms on Monday.

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