Here's how Hurricane Michael could impact Maryland

Andrew Cummings
October 10, 2018

The storm could strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday, and could hit the Panhandle by Wednesday.

Between 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday and 11:00 a.m. EDT today, the storm's maximum sustained winds more than doubled in speed.

The NHC warned that both could trigger deadly flooding, and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should likewise "prepare for life-threatening winds". Widespread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain are possible.

The storm will track up through Florida and Georgia before moving into North Carolina, bringing 2-5 inches of rain along with the threat of flooding and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.

AccuWeather chief Joel Myers said Michael is forecast to roll through the region much more quickly than did the lingering Florence, which dumped up to 40 inches of rain in some areas.

Florence made landfall last month as a Category 1 storm, killing dozens in the Carolinas and Virginia.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington advised some 232,000 Filipinos in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and SC to "monitor the movement of the storm and heed the warnings of local officials", the DFA said in a statement.

Residents of barrier islands, mobile homes and low-lying coastal areas in Gulf, Wakulla and Bay counties were ordered to evacuate by late Monday or early Tuesday.

As forecast, Michael would be the first Category 3 or higher hurricane to hit the Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005. A hurricane watch was in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River area. Michael's location was about 90 miles southwest of both Panama City, Fla., and Apalachicola, Fla., the NHC said.

It was moving north around 9 miles per hour. Later in the day, its sustained winds topped 90 miles per hour, with stronger gusts.

As with any hurricane that makes landfall, there will be the risk of tornadoes being spawned.

The current track (as of 5 p.m.) by the National Hurricane Center in Miami places the center of the storm passing directly through Panama City Beach, where a hurricane warning already has been issued.

"Hurricane conditions will spread over portions of western Cuba this afternoon, where a hurricane warning is now in effect". "As you get into the Big Bend area, this is going to be bad for those folks". "And then you're riding it out in your auto instead of something else".

For us, we need to be on guard for Thursday. "It is critical that you take care of yourself, your family, and your business as Hurricane Michael approaches FL", Scott wrote on Twitter on Monday. The NWS also warned of life-threatening winds along the Florida Gulf Coast.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency for 92 counties.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a state of emergency due to the expected impact of Hurricane Michael.

Her declaration activates the state's emergency operations plan.

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