Hurricane Michael European Model Shows Storm Intensifying

10 October, 2018, 08:29 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Panovich: Hurricane Michael will bring heavy rain to the Carolinas

If you live in the region Hurricane Michael will be passing through, you can check the latest forecasts and warnings at NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

"Minimal impact" is a lousy title for an action film but a good prediction for a hurricane, and that's what Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said was coming to the D.C. area. Up to 15 inches of rain is possible near where the storm makes landfall. Storm surge could reach a monstrous 12 feet in some areas - enough to "easily go over the roofs of some houses", he said.

As of 2 p.m. EDT, Michael was moving north at 12 mph, about 310 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. "Today is the day to get a plan, because tomorrow could be too late".

The center warned heavy rain, risky winds and life-threatening storm surges were possible across Western Cuba on Monday as winds picked up speed on the Gulf Coast.

Michael has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as it continues to move toward the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Unlike Florence, which ravaged the eastern Carolinas only three weeks ago, Michael is expected to move rapidly once it bores inland to Georgia and SC. In a Monday afternoon update, forecasters said winds have increased to almost 80 miles per hour (129 kph) as the storm moves north at almost 9 miles per hour (14 kph).

Tolls were being suspended in the state's northwest region to ease the evacuation process, and the Florida Highway Patrol is sending almost 350 state troopers to the Panhandle and Big Bend areas, Scott said.

Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 counties and said he was seeking a federal disaster declaration from President Donald Trump, who promised full support.

Hurricane Michael would be the first major hurricane to hit the panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005, which made landfall near Pensacola, according to hurricane center data. "It looks like another big one". "There are warnings for more than 300 miles of coastline".




"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", Johnson said of the city, straddling the shore of Apalachicola Bay, a Gulf of Mexico inlet that reaps about 90 percent of Florida's oysters. Cedar Key to Crystal River could see storm surges topping 6-8 feet. But Michael will also have implications further away.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for. "Don't think that you can ride this out if you're in a low-lying area", Nelson said on CNN.

Scott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida.

"We expect less rain to fall with Michael, when compared to Florence", Kottlowski said.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report. Officially, the National Hurricane Center predicts the hurricane will come ashore with 125mph winds on Wednesday afternoon, but as always with the poorly understood intensification process, there remains some uncertainty. The storm's track will take it back out to the Atlantic Ocean Friday. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she feared widespread power outages and other problems would follow.

"You will see damage to infrastructure".

"You can not hide from storm surge", Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned at a news conference Tuesday.

Both Peaton and Scott encourage residents to have at least three days' worth of food and supplies, and check on their neighbors and monitor local news coverage. "Take care of them", Scott said.

For Volusia and Flagler counties, the hurricane's path to the west will bring an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms, with gusty winds on Wednesday and Thursday.

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