Storm Michael to slam Florida as hurricane

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2018

"That's the criticality of following directions".

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House the country was very well prepared for the hurricane, adding it was much bigger than had been expected. Following Hurricane Irma past year, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.

Of the elderly and infirm patients, Scott had a blunt message for their caregivers: "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient. So my expectation is everybody gets taken care of".

Evacuations have been ordered in parts of 10 counties.

Nadine, which is no threat to land, is notable as the 14th named storm this hurricane season, which was forecast to have less activity than during a normal year.

"Storm surge is absolutely deadly", Scott said. "If you live along some of these rivers, you have to think the waters are going to come up there".

"Residents in these areas should follow advice given by local officials".

"We are running out of time", the Republican governor said on Twitter.

"Guess what? That's today", Graham said.

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RMS said that, "Because Michael is expected to be a fast-moving storm, the potential impacts are nearly the opposite of what we saw in Florence".

A hurricane hunter plane has found that Michael continues to strengthen as it moves north over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

If high winds strike Maryland, the southern and eastern portions of the state are again at the greatest risk.

Hurricane Michael is forecast by AccuWeather meteorologists to make landfall over the Florida Panhandle during the middle of this week. The office warned of "widespread power outages, downed trees blocking access to roads and endangering individuals, structural damage to homes and businesses, isolated flash flooding and the potential for a few tornadoes".

Hurricane warnings have been posted from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, just northwest of Cedar Key on Florida's west coast.

Hurricane Michael is gaining strength as it lashes Cuba's western tip and lumbers northward toward the U.S.

Gary Givens, owner of Gary's Oyster Shack in Panama City, Florida, said he was closing his restaurant around lunchtime on Tuesday with the help of his crew ahead of the storm's arrival.

Michael underwent a period of "rapid intensification" from mid-day Sunday to mid-day Monday, growing from a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Mark Wallheiser via Getty Images Hurricane Michael was forecast to become a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle.

Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend regions, mostly rural areas known for small tourist cities, beaches and wildlife reserves, and the state capital, Tallahassee.

Tropical Storms warnings were also issued for the US east coast, from Fernandina Beach, just north of Jacksonville, to SC.

Hurricane Michael passed through western Cuba on Monday evening and is projected to hit Florida's Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon. Chances for tropical storm force winds in Volusia County over that time period are slightly less.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for.

The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

The sheriff's office says Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes below that threshold. But, he urged residents to stay "vigilant and ready".

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