Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

A monstrous storm that sprang from nowhere is now threatening the Florida Panhandle.

By Thursday evening, Michael will have moved inland and most of the storm's effects will have dissipated around Tampa Bay, forecasters said. In the Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island areas, storm surges could reach as high as four feet, according to the NHC. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she fears widespread power outages and other problems would follow. Later in the weeks, Michael will make its way further inland, potentially bringing rain and heavy wind to portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. It is expected to weaken as it moves up into the south-eastern United States.

The 5 p.m. ET advisory said Michael was located 270 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., moving northward at 12 mph.

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday.

Forecasters predict winds could top 110mph by Tuesday night as it heads past Cuba and Mexico towards the US.

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Michael is still forecast to be a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 120 miles per hour winds when it makes expected landfall in Florida's Big Bend area.

The storm made landfall in the Florida Panhandle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. a strong Category 4 storm with sustained winds up to 155 miles per hour, just 2 miles per hour short of a Category 5 storm, the most powerful storm to hit the Panhandle in modern history. This is a lower central pressure than Katrina or Andrew had. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND -------- STORM SURGE: The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott expanded a state of emergency declaration Tuesday to include 35 counties in preparation for the storm.

Just past year, 14 people died following Hurricane Irma when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.

Tropical storm watches and warnings were raised along the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon. No longer. Michael was expected to bring surging seas up 9 feet (2.75 metres) above ground level at Keaton Beach. Isolated areas could get 12 inches with the threat of life-threatening flash floods.

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It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches of rain.

The possibility of waterspouts on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

A high risk of rip currents at Atlantic Coast beaches.

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

About 3.7 million people are under hurricane warnings in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions, along with parts of southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia.

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