Alabama Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Michael Grows Nearer

Alabama Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Michael Grows Nearer

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By declaring a state of emergency, Ivey is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan, which directs the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities affected by the storm.

The storm was moving north about 12 miles per hour, according to the Hurricane Center. The areas from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island and between the Alabama-Florida border and the Okaloosa-Walton county line could see 2 to 4 feet of storm surge. Further north, the forecast calls for 8 to 12 feet of surge in the Big Bend area, along with catastrophic winds above 110 miles per hour, where it is expected to make landfall late Wednesday.

Henderson County is expected to get 3 to 4 inches of rainfall Tuesday through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

A map posted by the National Hurricane Center Monday afternoon shows the Columbus area with as much as an 80 percent chance of experiencing tropical storm winds from Michael, which would be at least 39 miles per hour.

President Donald Trump approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal money and help in Florida.

Florida State University announced it was closing for the week on Tuesday, along with schools in Leon County, home to the state capital Tallahassee.

"Take this seriously and keep your family safe", Scott said from Bay County on Monday.

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Michael is a completely different storm compared to Hurricane Florence, so the impacts will be different. More than 5,000 National Guard soldiers have been put on alert. "Even if your flight is not canceled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination (s) on Delta, Delta Connection, or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods listed below", Delta said on its website. Michael poses an extremely unsafe threat to parts of the Florida gulf coast. "This is coming very fast".

Gillum said Monday that officials initially thought, "we will have outages and it will be inconvenient". "I'm not sure which one yet", said another student, Justin Lindholm.

"As it is right now [Monday morning], I think we're on the edge of it".

The intensity forecast calls for slow strengthening to near hurricane force toward landfall.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday declared a state of emergency for the entire state as the storm pushes its way toward the southern U.S. "Storm preparations should be rushed to completion today and Tuesday". The below graphic shows the storm's projected path, which could also dump large amounts of rain throughout the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

"Life-threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity", the center said.

Hurricane Michael, pictured in a satellite image taken on October 8, 2018, when it was still a tropical storm, could produce life-threatening flooding.

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