Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Hurricane Michael 'may be worst in Florida's history'

Hurricane Michael 'may be worst in Florida's history'

Forecasters predict storm surge of between 9 and 13 feet, inundating areas miles off the coast - a major fear for Scott.

Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds, and heavy rainfall are expected along the northeastern Gulf Coast, it added.

Relatives in IL urged Thomas to leave and stay with them, but he didn't have the means to get there quickly enough, and he didn't want to stay in a shelter.

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"We've got canned food and a can opener", Thomas told AP.

"If you live along the coast and were told to evacuate...this is YOUR LAST CHANCE".

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As of 5 a.m. ET Wednesday, Michael was about 140 miles (290 kilometers) southwest of Panama City, Florida. Mandatory evacuation orders were in effect for at least some people in Bay, Dixie, Franklin, Jackson, Levy, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton and Gulf counties, while voluntary or phased evacuation plans were in place for parts of Calhoun, Hernando, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Pasco, Santa Rosa, Taylor and Gadsen counties.

The agency warned residents in Florida and Alabama of the risk of storm surges, damaging winds and flash flooding.

"Major hurricanes cause large losses of life and the most amount of destruction that hurricanes can bring forward", he said. "In a couple of days they will look back and say, 'we made it through.' It will be a bonding time". "This might be really bad and serious".

Associated Press contributors include Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg; Brendan Farrington in St. Mark's, Russ Bynum in Keaton Beach; Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Science Writer Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland. Many gas stations in Tallahassee had run out of fuel, including the Quick "N" Save, which was also stripped clean of bottled water and down to about two dozen bags of ice.

Several people were taken by van from coastal Wakulla County to Tallahassee's Leon County to the north. Wakulla County's shelters are not considered reliable against storms stronger than a Category 2.

As the rain bore down in Panama City, a steady stream of evacuees filled Rutherford High School, hauling yapping dogs, crying babies, blankets, mattress pads, oxygen tanks, folding chairs, crates of water and grocery bags stuffed with Wonder Bread and Doritos. While glad to have a safe place to ride out the storm, she wasn't happy that her home county couldn't provide shelter.

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"This building just shook, I mean I was scared".

Eastern Georgia, the Carolinas and southern Virginia are expected to receive as much as 6 inches. She had stayed up all night in her chair with the TV news on, comforting herself with Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want".

In terms of wind intensity, that would make it stronger than Hurricane Florence, which had winds of 90 miles per hour when it blew ashore in North Carolina last month. Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed.

Michael is striking the United States after having soaked parts of Central America and Cuba with heavy rains, causing flooding and knocking out power.

"They've talked to them, and they've sent sheriff's deputies down to talk to them, and they're not going to evacuate", Scott said.

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