Michael forecast to grow into major hurricane

Hurricane Michael’s eye isn’t targeting Manatee County. But it will affect our weather | Bradenton Herald

Images captured by Associated Press journalists show how Florida residents took shelter while waters were rising ahead of Michael's landfall. Bill Nelson, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running against Republican Ron DeSantis. Another 40,000 were without power in Georgia and 41,000 in Alabama.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

But Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross said Wednesday that as many as 320,000 people on Florida's Gulf Coast had disregarded mandatory or voluntary evacuation notices. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the US mainland since Camille in 1969. More than 380,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm.

It is expected to quickly travel up the US East Coast after making landfall on the Gulf Coast. The Carolinas are still reeling from severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence less than a month ago.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: "I know people are worn out from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down".

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Extreme Wind Warning National Weather Service Tallahassee FL 1111 AM EDT WED OCT 10 2018The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a* Extreme Wind Warning for. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Anclote River Florida to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay, the Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida.

Forecasters in Alabama warned of possible tornados.

The earliest reasonable time the winds could arrive in the southern part of the United States is around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the hurricane center.

Powerful Hurricane Michael kills one after making landfall in Florida
While originally a Category 1 storm, Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane just hours before it was set to make landfall. The hurricane was expected to gradually weaken as it passed over the southeastern United States, the hurricane center said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also warned people across northwest Florida that the "monstrous hurricane" was just hours away, bringing deadly risks from high wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

The Category 1 storm was centered about 390 miles (627 kilometers) south of Apalachicola and 420 miles (675 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost a third as offshore platforms were evacuated ahead of the storm's arrival.

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

In Georgia, governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 92 of Georgia's 159 counties.

Michael could dump up to a foot (30 centimetres) of rain over some Panhandle communities before its remnants go back out to sea by way of the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days.

Disaster agencies in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua reported 13 deaths as roofs collapsed and residents were carried away by swollen rivers. The large feeder band of thunderstorms seen by the AIRS instrument the previous day was still wrapping into the center from the eastern side of the storm and sweeping over western Cuba.

Offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated workers, halting almost a fifth of daily production. Search and rescue crews were expected to escalate efforts to reach hardest-hit areas and check for anyone trapped or injured in the storm debris.

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