Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Florida St. Withdraws from Tri-Meet as Hurricane Michael Approaches

Florida St. Withdraws from Tri-Meet as Hurricane Michael Approaches

The task force will be responsible for wide-area and swift water search and rescue efforts.

Hurricane Michael, a "major" Category 3 storm, was becoming "better organized" and is forecast to intensify as it barrels towards Florida's Gulf Coast, where it's expected to make landfall, officials said.

As Michael moved over open water, energy companies halted almost one-fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated personnel from 10 platforms on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center says Michael is located about 730 kilometers south of the popular resort town of Panama City, carrying maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers an hour, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level scale that measures a storm's potential destructive power. That's just below the threshold for a "major" hurricane.

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, flooding rains, and unsafe winds are increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast. The governor has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties, and is stressing that residents should "absolutely" evacuate if ordered to.

The storm's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic", according to hurricane forecasters.

Central Florida is not now in the cone of uncertainty as the Panhandle will apparently get the major impacts from the storm. The biggest waves are expected from Indian Pass to Cedar Key, where they could reach 8 to 12 feet in height.

The area from Cape San Blas to St. George is of particular concern, Doran added. Gulf County's coordinator of the beach project, Warren Yeager, tells the Pensacola News Journal that roadways and sewer lines could wash away.

With just a month to go before Election Day, Florida voters in evacuation zones were given an extra day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm. The storm also is expected to contribute to generally rainy conditions through Thursday.

Residents also stocked up on food, water and gas.

That includes 64-year-old Shannon Sullivan, who returned for ice and beer after gassing up and buying water the day before.

The origins of Michael can be traced back to October 3.

Kemp said the bill totaled over $800 when she and her family fled Hurricane Irma's uncertain path past year.

Key among these is the pace that hurricane Michael is moving at, meaning it will not drop the massive amounts of rainfall that the Carolina's experienced with Florence.

"This storm will bring torrential rain, heavy winds and unsafe storm surges to many areas of our state", he tweeted. Some rivers may rise more swiftly than before due to the wet ground.

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents are frantically preparing for a major strike.

Data from hurricane hunter aircraft flying through Hurricane Michael show the storm is still strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico. Category 4 winds begin at 130 miles per hour. But despite that, Michael has the potential to become a major hurricane, possibly a Category 3.

Michael was about 360 miles south of Panama City, Fla., and 330 miles south of Apalachicola, Fla., the NHC said in an 10 a.m. advisory.

"Life-threatening storm surge is likely along portions of the coasts of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast, and a storm surge warning is in effect for these areas".

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds were outward up to 185 miles.

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