Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Hurricane Michael as seen from space is an ominous thing

Hurricane Michael made its way through the Gulf of Mexico Monday NOAA RAMMB AFP Getty Images Hurricane Michael made its way through the Gulf of Mexico Monday
Guillermo Lane | 11 October, 2018, 04:01

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state and a state of emergency also was announced in North Carolina.

The warning is relatively new to the NWS which developed the EWW in response to confusion resulting from the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The center is expected to pass just to the west of the state's capital.

The heavy rains could cause flash floods, the NHC said, and spawn tornados in northwestern Florida.

The entire Florida Panhandle is under a hurricane warning and a storm surge warning.

There has never been a Category 4 hurricane make landfall on the Florida Panhandle - ever.

There has never been a Category 4 storm make landfall along the Panhandle and Michael just missed the Category 5 threshold of 157 miles per hour as it arrived near Mexico Beach. Gale Berry, 59, said their neighborhood was littered with debris and downed trees after Hurricane Hermine, which made landfall in 2016 as a Category 1 storm. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging winds and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

7 A.M. Hurricane Michael has entered the Gulf of Mexico and is picking up steam as it tracks towards the Florida Panhandle at 12 miles per hour, according to the 7 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile the Bay County Sheriff's Office warned residents that a "shelter-in-place" order has been issued, and urged everyone to stay off the roads. Heavy and steady rain and wind is expected to start locally sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., with winds beginning to gust toward 40 miles per hour.

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The Gulf Coast gets bigger storm surges because the water is shallow just off shore, so it can pile up. "It doesn't make landfall any better, but at least you know what to expect and when to expect it".

Storm surge is also inundating some areas along the Panhandle.

Panama City Beach, the Florida Panhandle tourist community, announced mandatory evacuations for some areas along the coast Tuesday morning.

Michael's minimum central pressure - a key measure of hurricane strength - was measured at 919 millibars at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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At Category 4, Hurricane Michael is classified as "extremely dangerous" and could rival some of the worst recorded storms to hit the north-west of the state in its history. Only three major hurricanes have hit the Panama City area and none since 1895, according to McNoldy.

The surge of water began arriving late Tuesday, ahead of the main storm and before its heavy rains, which will come as drainage systems are already trying to cope with the ocean water surge.

Unlike Florence, Hurricane Michael is likely to be stronger, windier and fast-moving when it reaches the Florida Panhandle sometime Wednesday. She said she could smell the pine from snapped tree branches.

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