Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Hurricane Michael could be Category 4 when it hits Florida

Hurricane Michael could be Category 4 when it hits Florida

Hurricane Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast.

The alert came as the tropical storm system strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometres per hour, earlier in the day.

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.

The Florida Disaster website on October 9 said that parts or all of Bay County, Citrus County, Franklin County, Dixie County, Gulf County, Jackson County, Levy County, Okaloosa County, Taylor County, Wakulla County, and Walton County have been issued mandatory evacuation orders. "We haven't seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades". 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.

President Donald Trump, who was in Orlando delivering an address to a global association of police chiefs, said the federal government was ready and urged residents to be prepared for the worst.

In Panhandle counties, most state offices, schools and universities were closed for the rest of the week. Lines at gasoline stations grew as people left.

The last NHC report said the fast-moving storm was about 180 miles (325 km) from Panama City, Florida. Because he owns two businesses in the area, Givens, who lives inland, said he was not evacuating.


Michael is expected to be the strongest hurricane, based on wind speeds, to make landfall in the continental U.S. since Irma in September of a year ago.

As Hurricane Michael gains strength and heads toward Florida, some are seeing an eerie sight popping up in satellite images from the center of the storm.a skull.

About 2,500 National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm preparations, and more than 4,000 others were on standby.

On its current track, it would make landfall somewhere along a coastline that includes the cities and towns of Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, St. Teresa and the wildlife reserves bordering Apalachee Bay.

The hurricane center is already warning of storm surge up to 12 feet in some areas, plus heavy rainfall through Florida's Panhandle and into Alabama, Georgia and SC, and "tropical storm"-force winds".

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday issued a state of emergency declaration for 92 counties in the state.

The Miami-based center forecast as much as 1 foot (30 cm) of rain in parts of Florida, Georgia and SC.

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