Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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How Are You Preparing For Hurricane Michael?

How Are You Preparing For Hurricane Michael?

"There are warnings for more than 300 miles (480km) of coastline", the National Weather Service tweeted, predicting that Michael would become a "large and unsafe hurricane".

Michael was a Category 1 hurricane but could make landfall as a Category 3, and forecasters warned it could send down 10 to 30 centimetres of rain.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned it was a "monstrous hurricane", and his Democratic opponent for the Senate, Sen.

NPR and our member stations covering the storm want to hear about how you're preparing for the storm and what you're anxious about.

The NHC said that it could hit anywhere along the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area.

Authorities told residents along the affected areas of Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast that they had run out of time to evacuate and should hunker down.

The hurricane was set to make landfall later on Wednesday on Florida's Panhandle and could drive sea water levels as high as 14 feet (4.3 meters) above normal in some areas, the center said.

The hurricane is 90 miles south-west of Panama City as of 8am eastern time.

A tropical storm warning was issued from Fernandina Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina.

Wind shears are winds which impact the sides of a hurricane and can weaken or sometimes dissipate the storm.

Any time a tropical system, and it's remnants, move north up the East Coast we need to be concerned here in ME for wind and rain.

According to NHC, the worst storm surge is expected between Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida where nine to 13 feet of inundation is possible.

A number mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Florida counties ahead of Michael.

On Tuesday, Mr Scott said he activated 2500 Florida National Guard troops in preparation for the storm.

"No one's going to survive" such a wall of water, he said.

The neighbouring states of Alabama and Georgia have also declared a state of emergency.

The storm, which formed off the coast of northern Honduras, has already killed at least 13 people in Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador after torrential rains triggered flash-flooding and landslides in Central America over the weekend.

Late Monday, residents of far western Cuba were forecast to get up to eight inches of rain. US producers in the Gulf cut oil production by about 40 percent and natural gas output by 28 percent on Tuesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

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