Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

See Hurricane Michael from Space in These Satellite Images

'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida Hurricane Michael: 5 Facts About The Potential Most Destructive Storm To Hit Florida In Decades
Cary Marshall | 11 October, 2018, 12:04

The hurricane is expected to make landfall Wednesday in Florida before crossing Georgia and the Carolinas as a weaker storm. Governor Rick Scott gave a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday issued a state of emergency declaration for 92 counties in the state.

Drawing energy from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm strengthened rapidly into a potentially devastating Category 3 by evening.

Michael is forecast to hit the Florida coast Wednesday before moving over Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday night and Thursday.

With just a month to go before Election Day, Florida voters in evacuation zones also were given one more day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm.

It is expected to quickly travel up the US East Coast after making landfall on the Gulf Coast.

The storm's exact location by that time isn't yet known.

More than 300 miles of coastline are now under threat, the National Weather Service has said.

Hurricane Warning:A hurricane warning is in effect for the Alabama/Florida Border to the Suwannee River. And isolated tornadoes were also possible.

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Michael looks likely to provide extra moisture to an incoming fall system late this week.

A red flag, warning of risky conditions, is seen in advance of Hurricane Michael in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. October 9, 2018.

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.

His opponent in Florida's Senate race, Senator Bill Nelson, said a "wall of water" could cause major destruction along the Panhandle. About 1,250 National Guard soldiers were aiding the process and more than 4,000 troops placed on standby, Scott tweeted.

"I'm a little anxious about the shelters coming on at the last second", state emergency management chief Wes Maul told staff members. No longer. Michael was expected to bring surging seas up 9 feet (2.75 metres) above ground level at Keaton Beach. Forecasters warned of up to 30cm of rain in western Cuba, triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountain areas, and disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Images on social media showed evacuating families wading through water to get to safety. As much as a foot (30 cm) of rain is forecast across Florida, Georgia and SC, the center reported.

Offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated workers, halting almost a fifth of daily production. US producers in the Gulf cut oil production by about 40 percent and natural gas output by 28 percent on Tuesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

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