What to expect in Orlando area from 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

What to expect in Orlando area from 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

What to expect in Orlando area from 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state.

Michael is expected to become a major hurricane by today or tonight, according to a Monday evening advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The National Hurricane Center reported Michael had maximum sustained wind speeds of 155 miles per hour moments before it hit the shore.

Michael's potential of more than 6' of water in some of these areas is the reasoning behind the National Weather Service's storm surge warning and subsequent evacuations of low-lying areas of northern Florida.

Now ranked as a category-1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale, Michael could grow into a category-3 storm, with the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida on Wednesday.

An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane center said. Comparable storms include Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which had a pressure of 922 mb, and Katrina in 2005, whose pressure was 920 mb.

In neighboring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on October 8 in anticipation of wind damage, heavy rains and power outages.

Michael is the seventh hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. "We haven't seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades", Scott said at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center.

Gillum said Monday that officials initially thought, "we will have outages and it will be inconvenient".

Masson believes Wednesday will be the prime day for activity, when the Florida Panhandle is hit by Michael.

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As Michael's eye moves inland, storm surge is likely to be the primary danger for coastal residents.

Storm surge watches stretch all the way from Pensacola to Tampa, Florida, with maximum storm surge projections now exceeding twelve feet in some locations. "As you get into the Big Bend area, this is going to be bad for those folks".

A hurricane warning was in effect for the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River, with a hurricane watch in place from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Storm-surge warnings are in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to the Anclote River. As much as a foot (30 cm) of rain is forecast across Florida, Georgia and SC, the center reported.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, Michael was centered about 455 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, and 485 miles south of Panama City, Florida.

"If you are told to evacuate, please do so", Cooper said in a press conference Wednesday at the Emergency Management Headquarters.

The Florida Panhandle, Big Bend and southern Georgia were expected to receive as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rainfall, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches that may lead to severe flash flooding. "Don't take a chance", he said. That hurricane killed at least 50 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

After striking Florida, Michael is forecast to move up the East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday tearing through the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

The National Hurricane Center describes wind as strong as Michael's as potentially catastrophic.

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