Strengthening hurricane closes in on Florida Panhandle

10 October, 2018, 09:48 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • Get prepared now for Hurricane Michael

The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm with its 11 a.m. advisory Tuesday, recording maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

The storm, which hasn't officially been upgraded to a hurricane just yet, is now located approximately 90 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico. Larger surf is expected Tuesday, Malphurs said, and access ramps are expected to be closed to driving all morning and into the early afternoon.

With Florence still in mind, Michael may be making an appearance this week. The governors of Alabama and Georgia also made emergency declarations. It's expected to send life-threatening surges of ocean water into coastal areas along the Gulf, from Pensacola around the coast to Tampa.

Most of the region will see winds at 25-35 miles per hour.

Michael is forecast to become a category four hurricane before it reaches the coast of Florida.

Nadine, which is no threat to land, is notable as the 14th named storm this hurricane season, which was forecast to have less activity than during a normal year. It's moving at 12 miles per hour and picking up strength from really warm water - almost 100 degrees - in the Gulf of Mexico, Ricketts said. "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", the hurricane center said.

In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency, saying on Twitter that it was "in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds & heavy rain associated with #HurricaneMichael".

President Donald Trump, who was in Orlando delivering an address to a global association of police chiefs, said the federal government was ready and urged residents to be prepared for the worst.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also warned people across northwest Florida that the "monstrous hurricane" was just hours away, bringing deadly risks from high wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday, but instead threw himself into helping his city's residents fill sandbags and make other preparations.

A hurricane warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River. The National Hurricane Center has enacted hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge warnings for more than 300 miles of the Florida coast.

Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.

In Florida, state offices, schools and universities were set to close on Tuesday through the end of the week in panhandle counties.

Scott said the Florida Panhandle, southeast Alabama and southern Georgia will see 4 to 8 inches, with isolated areas facing 12 inches.

Parts of western Cuba, which was hit by the storm on Monday, were forecast to receive up to a foot of rain.

Mandatory evacuations are underway for Citrus County residents living in Zone A, or in mobile homes.

Hurricane Michael was expected to strengthen on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, taking aim at the Florida panhandle, where residents were implored to get out of harm's way ahead of life-threatening waves, winds and rains.

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