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Hurricane Michael Grows Stronger, Expected To Reach Category 4

Hurricane Michael Grows Stronger, Expected To Reach Category 4

As residents of coastal Florida evacuate, Hurricane Michael is expected to grow more severe before hitting the area as soon as Wednesday.

Additional strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall on the panhandle of Florida Wednesday. A separate map shows Columbus could see rain totals between 2 and 3 inches from the storm.

"I know people are worn out from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, adding, "A number of homes have rooftop tarps that could be damaged or blown away with this wind". "That's the criticality of following directions".

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe", Scott said on Sunday.

Leslie is of no concern to Florida or the United States.

"My expectation is if you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".

"I feel like that they should've provided something", she said. "If you have a reservation during the evacuation time and paid a deposit, it will be refunded". It's as simple as that. Evacuations already had been ordered in parts of 10 counties, according to USA Today.

Michael underwent a period of "rapid intensification" on Sunday and Monday, its winds strengthening by more than 35 miles per hour. He added, "Today it is about life and safety". There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation with heavy rainfall and wind gusts Wednesday, rising to a 100 percent chance Wednesday night, with winds topping 25 miles per hour at times. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Gov. Rick Scott issued a State of Emergency Sunday for 26 counties in anticipation for the storm.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.




The hurricane's effects will be felt far from its eye. The governors of Alabama and Georgia also declared emergencies.

A hurricane warning was in place from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida. Some of Michael's moisture will be drawn northward, meaning periods of rain for us Thursday.

Michael is expected to sweep up the East Coast, and tropical storm-force winds were projected to reach the state Thursday, according to the center's projections.

The storm is about 270 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north at 12 mph.

As rains from the powerful storm started to reach the Panhandle on Tuesday afternoon, about 15,000 workers lined up by Gulf Power, Duke Energy Florida, Florida Power & Light and public utilities have been positioned to respond to anticipated widespread outages. The NHC said that it could hit anywhere along the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area.

The U.S. Geological Service says Hurricane Michael will likely cause beach erosion along three-quarters of the Florida's Panhandle, wiping away sand right up to the dunes.

Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen for hurricane duty. In fact, this time a year ago, Hurricane Nate also formed within a gyre in the Caribbean. "However, enough rain will fall to cause urban, small stream and some river flooding in the region with a general 4 to -8 inches of rain". He focused on islands off the coast whose bridges may close as the storm approaches.

The forecast for Hurricane Michael changed little overnight with the National Hurricane Center having it make landfall between Fort Walton Beach and the Big Bend region tomorrow. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued to about 120,000 people living in Panama City, Fla., and across other low-lying parts of the coast as the storm nears. Opal then made landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 3 hurricane on October 4, 1995.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour (178 kph). Residents are being urged to evacuate inland.


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