Monday, 22 October, 2018

Store owner stays put for Hurricane Michael

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 2, targets Florida Another major storm headed this way | GoClinton.com
Sandy Nunez | 12 October, 2018, 13:29

"I know people are worn out from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down", said Cooper at a morning briefing.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm was moving north-northwestward through the southern Gulf of Mexico, and that storm surge and hurricane warnings were in effect for the northeastern Gulf coast.

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

Although we categorize hurricanes by wind speed, the deadliest hazards with these storms are the water hazards, and those do not necessarily scaleup and down with wind speed.

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a major, Category 3 hurricane Tuesday afternoon as it roared toward Florida's Gulf Coast, threatening to wreak historic devastation on a state walloped by Hurricane Irma's historic rage 13 months ago. The central pressure remains 965 millibars. Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 miles per hour (225 kph) with higher gusts.

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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. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (281 kilometers). 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.

A red flag, warning of risky conditions, is seen on a pier in advance of Hurricane Michael in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. October 9, 2018. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide... But the surging seawater could also create perilous problems far from the coast, raising rivers and bays to risky levels as it pushes as much as 10 to 15 miles inland.

A Flash Flood Watch and Tropical Storm Watch have been issued for Wayne County and surrounding areas. No longer. Michael was expected to bring surging seas up 9 feet (2.75 metres) above ground level at Keaton Beach. Forecasters say it could become a Category 4 before making landfall Wednesday with "life-threatening storm surge" and heavy rainfall.

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. Some parts of the Carolinas - recently deluged by Hurricane Florence - and southern Virginia could see up to 6 inches, the hurricane center said.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were urged to evacuate as Michael closed in. Tornadoes could spawn in the Southeast Wednesday into Thursday, forecasters said. NEXT ADVISORY ----- Next intermediate advisory at 100 AM CDT.