Hurricane Michael with 155 miles per hour winds makes landfall in Florida

Oct 11, 2018, 00:28
Hurricane Michael with 155 miles per hour winds makes landfall in Florida

Up to an inch of rain is possible.

"And then you're going to see rainfall through South and North Carolina, dumping 4 to 6 inches of rain in rivers that are already saturated and haven't really receded much from Florence a few weeks ago".

Residents of the Panhandle and Big Bend face enormous predicted storm surges, the likes of which could destroy homes, according to the National Weather Service. This would be one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall on the Florida panhandle. Gov. Rick Scott warned the storm poses deadly risks and urged people to follow local evacuation orders. The storm was expected to come ashore as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday.

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Michael was forecast to have the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida Wednesday.

The outer bands of the massive storm are beginning to reach the Gulf Coast. "Bay County (Panama City) likely to be ground zero for landfall later this afternoon". Winds are sustained at 120 miles per hour.

"They will be expecting some tornado watches to go up late tonight into Thursday morning in advance of that threat", Proud said, referring to the storm prediction center. Hurricane Michael moved over some very warm water in the Gulf of Mexico, highly unusual for this time of year (and something that has been attributed to global warming), per The Verge. Population centres that could witness some of the most severe hurricane effects include Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach.

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On Tuesday, winds of 110mph were felt on the approach of the storm.

Michael was expected to bring a foot of rain and a "killer" storm surge of up to 14ft.

A further 3.7 million people are under hurricane warnings along the Florida coast areas as well as in parts of southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia.

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As of the 8 p.m. advisory, Michael is a Category 3. It also was about 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

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