Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hurricane Michael to hit Florida, but will there be any ME impact?

Hurricane Michael to hit Florida, but will there be any ME impact?

The Florida Disaster website on October 9 said that parts or all of Bay County, Citrus County, Franklin County, Dixie County, Gulf County, Jackson County, Levy County, Okaloosa County, Taylor County, Wakulla County, and Walton County have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

As of the 8 a.m. advisory, Michael was 395 miles south of Panama City, moving north-northwest at 12 mph.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia could see "life-threatening flash flooding" as a result of severe rain, according to a tweet from the NHC.

Some parts of Florida could see storm surges of nine to 13ft and up to a foot of rain.

On Monday and Tuesday, the storm has taken advantage of low wind shear-allowing it to maintain a tight circulation and organized vertical structure-as well as warm, late-summer waters in the Gulf of Mexico to intensify.

The National Hurricane Center says Michael is expected to move off the mid-Atlantic coast and head back out to sea on Friday.

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"Hurricane Michael will be here TONIGHT". "We can rebuild your house, but we cannot rebuild your life".

Global analytics firm CoreLogic estimates that the total reconstruction value if all these homes were actually destroyed by what's forecast to be a Category 3 hurricane - winds up to 129 miles per hour - could amount to $13.4 billion. With Michael's winds projected to be even stronger than that, Wakulla County residents were urged to evacuate inland. In a Monday afternoon update, forecasters said winds have increased to almost 80 miles per hour (129 kph) as the storm moves north at almost 9 miles per hour (14 kph). The strongest wind gusts associated with the storm are expected to impact areas along and south of Warrenton to Macon to the Columbus line.

Experts predict that Hurricane Michael could pose a similar threat, with storm surge and inland flooding from intense rainfall ultimately responsible for most of the damage and death.

Michael could be a Category 3 storm when it makes landfall, which is expected on Wednesday, becoming the most powerful storm to strike the panhandle in at least a decade.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan bluntly advised residents choosing to ride it out that first-responders won't be able to reach them while Michael smashes into the coast. Residents also lined up to buy gas and groceries even as evacuations - both voluntary and mandatory - were expected to pick up the pace Tuesday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties along Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend regions. The storm is set to slam into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. "What you're going to do is push a whole bunch of water into this whole area which is very vulnerable to storm surge".

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The remainder of the group were close school and neighborhood friends, including another newlywed couple, Erin and Shane McGowan . Tom King, 35, said his four sisters who died - Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson, Allison King and Amy Steenburg - "were very tight".


Some Panama City residents were seen on the beach enjoying the cool breeze ahead of the storm, while others were loading up cars with luggage and visitors were checking out of hotels.

The heaviest rain will tend to fall in areas that were missed by Florence and focused from the Florida Panhandle to southwestern and central Georgia to part of central SC.

Clay Electric said it is anticipating most of the damage from Hurricane Michael will be in its Lake City and Gainesville service areas.

When asked if Maul remained concerned about local efforts Tuesday afternoon, Division of Emergency Management spokesman Alberto Moscoso said: "Director Maul will continue to stress the need for urgency from county officials who are in charge of evacuations and sheltering operations".

Scott also told Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all they can to assure the safety of the elderly and infirm.

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