Hurricane Michael | Impacts likely for Central Georgia

Hurricane Michael | Impacts likely for Central Georgia

Hurricane Michael | Impacts likely for Central Georgia

Movement was to the north at 7 miles per hour and the central pressure was 982 millibars.

The fast developing storm is now a Category 1 hurricane expected to strengthen as it nears Florida.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs through November 30, and it looks like Florida may be about to get socked with at least one more. We are working closely and coordinating with our local, state and federal partners in anticipation of the storm's potential impacts. The risk of life-threatening storm surge, heavy rainfall, and risky winds is increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast.

As forecast, Michael would be the first Category 3 or higher hurricane to hit the Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005. Also in a tropical storm watch is a swath from the Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border as well as inland areas of southern Alabama and southwest Georgia. The storm moved north on a path between Cozumel in southeastern Mexico and the western tip of Cuba, the Miami-based hurricane center said. "The storm is expected to increase rain chances across the Tampa Bay area this week", ABC Action News reports.

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St. Johns County Emergency Management said Monday that it is monitoring Michael and participating in conference calls with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, National Weather Service Jacksonville and National Hurricane Center to get the most up-to-date information.

"It depends on what the city says in terms of the people getting around".

In the past, Columbia County has experienced flooding from tropical storms and hurricanes in the Gulf.

Michael was lashing western Cuba late Monday morning with heavy rains and strong winds, according to the hurricane center. Tropical storm winds extended out 175 miles (280 kilometers) from the storm's center.

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Scott activated 500 National Guard troops in advance of the storm.

"It would be a tropical storm for us", Saavedra said. The latest, 12z operational run of the European model shows Michael reaching a central pressure of 943.8mb shortly after noon on Wednesday, before making landfall along the Florida coast.

"Do not take a chance on storm surge", Scott said. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, is expected to become a hurricane later today-and could be a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Michael is moving into the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast by Wednesday. Forecasters warned that the storm could produce up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, potentially triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

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"We will look in the morning where the storm is tracking, the intensity of the storm", said Capt. Chris Volz, head of the Baker County Emergency Operations Center.

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