Evacuations ordered as Florida braces for Hurricane Michael

Florida State adjusts athletic schedules because of Hurricane Michael

A hurricane warning is also in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to Florida's Suwannee River, while tropical storm warnings have been issued as far north as North Carolina. You will see a lot of tree damage from the heavy winds. "We've got supplies to last us a week". "If it does I guess we'll be swimming", he said Tuesday evening as the sky darkened overhead. "Im freakin scared Im going to lose everything I own, man".

In addition to the powerful winds, Michael is also bringing the threat of unsafe storm surge that could reach up to four meters in some places.

That is why the county has set up two sandbag location sites.

"I know people are tired from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, adding, "A number of homes have rooftop tarps that could be damaged or blown away with this wind".

Dwight Williams, who lives across the street from Thomas, wasn't taking any chances - he and his wife were packing to evacuate.

Tyler and Heather Butler said they didn't realize the storm would be serious until Monday, and made a decision to hunker down at their Georgette Street home, just two miles from the beach.

Michael has not garnered as much attention as some storms in recent history, such as Florence, because it has intensified rapidly during the last two days-much more than forecast models were indicating even as of this weekend.

During a news conference Tuesday morning, FEMA warned those in Hurricane Michael's path to steer clear of it.

A satellite image of Hurricane Michael has taken the terrifying shape of a skull as it roars closer to Florida as a fierce Category 4 storm.

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Sheriff A.J. Smith in Franklin County, near the vulnerable coast, sent his deputies door to door Tuesday urging people to evacuate, saying they did everything they could to get the word out.

Michael roared down on the Florida Panhandle strengthening into a Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday before it crashes against the region's white-sand beaches, fishing villages and coastal communities later in the day.

Hurricane Michael strengthened overnight into a unsafe category 4 hurricane, and is headed for Florida - the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle.

Duke Energy is estimating Michael could cause between 100,000 and 200,000 power outages across the state.

Past year saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a news release has also already declared a public health emergency in Florida due to the storm and its aftermath.

A mound of water piles up below the eye which is unleashed as the storm reaches land. And once the wind stops howling and the water recedes, Thomas will await the natural outcome of a hurricane for someone who works in the air conditioning business in a place known for hot, humid summers.

Michael was moving north at 12 miles per hour.

When winds reach 119km/h (74mph), it is known as a hurricane - in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific - or a typhoon in the Western Pacific.

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