Florida Prepares for Hurricane Michael Landfall

Florida Prepares for Hurricane Michael Landfall

"Hurricane Michael poses a deadly threat". Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful recorded storm ever to hit the Panhandle. Around midday it was expected to become one of the Panhandle's worst hurricanes in memory with heavy rainfall expected along the northeastern Gulf Coast and life-threatening storm surge of up to 13 feet (4 metres).

Authorities are anxious about a storm surge that could be as high as 12 feet.

Currently, Michael is located 295 miles south of Panama City, Florida, and 270 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

A Hurricane Warning remained in effect for coastal Escambia (red on map) and Santa Rosa counties, while a Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for inland Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for. Residents of this Florida panhandle city were busy Monday readying themselves for Hurricane Michael, which is predicted to make landfall somewhere around Panama City, Fla.

President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency. "It looks like another big one".

Here are some other facts that show the power of this "monstrous storm".

State Emergency Management Director Wes Maul, in talking to his staff a few minutes after Scott's news conference, expressed concern that county shelters have had to quickly set up because Michael formed in a short period of time over the weekend. About 1,250 National Guard soldiers were assisting and more than 4,000 troops were on standby. In the Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island areas, storm surges could reach as high as four feet, according to the NHC. Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Wednesday.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient", said Scott.

"Think about what we've seen before with storms like Hurricane Irma", he said.

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A top emergency manager expressed concern about storm preparations.

Evacuations have been ordered in parts of 10 counties.

"It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more unsafe", Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

Cooper said the state needs to brace for strong winds and rain.

Locally, rain chances are likely in the afternoon hours through Thursday in Central Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

Floridians in counties where election offices closed Tuesday for Hurricane Michael will be able to register to vote the day those offices reopen. Those who stayed emptied grocery store shelves of water and other supplies.

"You will see damage to infrastructure, you will see power outages, and services that we are used to will be interrupted due to Hurricane Michael", he said. "Keep them safe", Scott said.

North Carolina is expected to feel impacts from Michael late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife has put 40 additional law enforcement officers on notice to deploy with a variety of special equipment, including boats that can be used for high-water rescues.

Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it moved toward the Florida Panhandle, where it could blow ashore as the strongest storm to hit the United States this year.

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