Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Hurricane Michael could hit Florida as a Category 3 Wednesday

Hurricane Michael could hit Florida as a Category 3 Wednesday

Several NC counties are already under a storm watch.

The entire Florida Panhandle is under a hurricane warning and a storm surge warning.

The "forecast cone" for Michael (the storm's projected path) stretches from Florida all the way north to New Jersey. 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. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. A rough and pounding surf can be expected on the coast in either case. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for.

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

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for. It is expected to weaken as it moves up into the south-eastern United States.

The eastern ridge of the storm will gradually weaken as the western trough moves across land. Damaging winds will also extend inland across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia, and southeast Alabama as Michael moves inland. It is nearly a major hurricane with sustained winds at 110 miles per hour.

As of the 4 p.m. advisory Tuesday, Michael had winds of 120 miles per hour.

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Hurricane Michael has grown into a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds reaching 120 miles per hour, as it barrels toward northwestern Florida, making it a much stronger storm than Hurricane Florence was when it made landfall as a Category 1 storm drenching the Carolinas last month, according to the National Hurricane Center. On the other extreme are several models, including the European one, that predict Michael will move more slowly but reach SC near the coastline overnight Thursday and reach North Carolina's Outer Banks by late Friday.

The coast is expected to receive tropical storm force winds. The minimum central pressure recently measured by the reconnaissance aircraft was 947 mb (27.97 inches).

A "Wall of Water" is now threatening thousands of residents along the Gulf Coast. It's measured by how high the water reaches from the normal astronomical tide.

Panama City could see a storm surge at depths from 6 to 9 feet.

Florida has declared a state of emergency over Hurricane Michael.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. RAINFALL: Michael is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Friday...

Some additional strengthening is possible today before Michael makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area. Isolated areas could get 12 inches with the threat of life-threatening flash floods. The severity of inland flooding, while serious, should be less than what was seen with Hurricane Florence due to Michael maintaining and increasing speed to the northeast, as opposed to stalling, as Florence did.

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday. NEXT ADVISORY ----- Next intermediate advisory at 100 AM CDT. Next complete advisory at 400 AM CDT.

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