Michael strengthens into Category 2 hurricane

'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida

Hurricane Michael: ‘Monstrous’ storm strengthens to category two

SC saw 47 tornadoes in two days in 2004 as Tropical Storm Frances move north from the Florida Panhandle.

"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.

The National Hurricane Center said Michael could make landfall as a Category 3 storm between the Alabama-Florida border and Mississippi-Alabama border, but will then turn northeast and move over the Atlantic Ocean Thursday night. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael's path and GEMA/HS is leading our preparedness efforts.

Ken Graham, director of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, said Michael is "unfortunately, a historical and incredibly risky and life-threatening situation". Bill Nelson, said a "wall of water" could cause destruction along the Panhandle. "Don't think that you can ride this out if you're in a low-lying area", Nelson said on CNN.

People in low-lying coastal areas are fleeing the Panhandle as part of mandatory evacuation orders.

Storm surge and waves from Hurricane Michael batter beachfront homes on October 10, 2018, in the Florida Panhandle community of Shell Point Beach.

Forecasters anticipate Michael will reach land either in the Panhandle or somewhere along the state's Big Bend as soon as Wednesday morning. The hurricane might also alter populations of toxic algae that have caused a months-long outbreak of red tide along Florida's Gulf coast, killing countless marine animals.

The warning is relatively new to the NWS which developed the EWW in response to confusion resulting from the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Southwestern Franklin County in Big Bend of Florida.* Until 215 PM EDT/115 PM CDT/.* At 1109 AM EDT/1009 AM CDT/, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated extreme winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, associated with the eyewall of Hurricane Michael, were moving onshore.

Floridians in counties where election offices closed Tuesday for Hurricane Michael will be able to register to vote the day those offices reopen.

In Cuba, it dumped more than 10 inches (27 centimeters) of rain in places, flooding fields, damaging roads, knocking out power and destroying some homes in the western province of Pinar del Rio.

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An estimated 6,000 people evacuated to emergency shelters, mostly in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, Kieserman said.

According to the Associated Press, six people were killed in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador.

Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the largest hurricane on record to impact the Panhandle and Big Bend area of Florida. The governors of Alabama and Georgia also made emergency declarations.

He also warned caregivers at north Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all possible to assure the safety of the elderly and infirm.

Unlike with the powerful and deadly Hurricane Irma previous year that ran up the state, Scott has left evacuation orders to county officials.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". "Take care of them".

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents were frantically preparing for what could be a strike unlike any seen there in decades.

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo sent a letter to Gov. Scott late Monday asking for the extension, noting 35 counties are in a state of emergency.

Farther inland, in Tallahassee, the state's capital, people rushed to fill their gas tanks and grab supplies. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

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