Michael now a major hurricane headed for Florida Panhandle

Michael now a major hurricane headed for Florida Panhandle

Michael now a major hurricane headed for Florida Panhandle

Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.

The National Weather Service calls for highs in the upper 80s for the rest of the week, with lows in the 70s. A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.

With the storm next entering the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, which has warm water and favorable atmospheric conditions, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall", Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory. By 8 a.m. Tuesday, top winds had reached 100 miles per hour (155 kph), and it was forecast to strengthen into a "major" hurricane, with winds topping 111 miles per hour (179 kph).

The storm came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale, the biggest storm on record to strike the Florida Panhandle.

The storm - now located over the Gulf of Mexico - is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Hurricane Michael is forecast to deliver catastrophic damage to Gulf County in the Panhandle of Florida, Southern Bay County in the Panhandle of Florida and Southwestern Franklin County in the Big Bend of are of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). The minimum central pressure recently measured by the reconnaissance aircraft was 947 mb (27.97 inches). He chose the spot where his house stands on tall stilts overlooking the Gulf waters in 1972 after it was the only lot left dry after a storm flooded the beach that year. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Before Michael made landfall, about 30 million people were under a hurricane watch or warning, or tropical storm watch or warning, across six states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina).

Anxious meteorologists said it had the potential of becoming one of the worst storms in the history of Florida's Panhandle.

Now the fear is nothing is ahead that could offset the growth and it is forecast to maintain this intensity until landfall Wednesday afternoon near Panama City. Just as Northern politicians are judged on how they handle snowstorms, their Southern counterparts are watched closely for how they deal with hurricanes.

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Then, as the storm crosses over the Southeast U.S. on Wednesday evening and Thursday, it will weaken. RAINFALL: Michael is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Friday... Forecasters said tornadoes could spin off the storm and 7.5cm to 15cm of rain could cause flash floods as it barrels over a corner of the country still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

The NHC warned that both could trigger deadly flooding and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should also "prepare for life-threatening winds".

"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post.

Alabama, Florida and Georgia have declared states of emergency in all or parts of the states.

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Michael's eye was about 140 miles from Panama City and 130 miles from Apalachicola, but moving relatively fast at 13 mph. According to the Associated Press , six people were killed in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador.

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