Hurricane Michael to send significant swell to Gulf, then potentially East Coast

Lester Mason
October 10, 2018

Parts of Florida's curvy Big Bend could see up to 12 feet of storm surge, while Michael also could dump up to a foot of rain over some Panhandle communities as it moves inland, forecasters said.

The storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to move mostly north, crossing through the Gulf Of Mexico before a landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday afternoon.

As we head into the start of the week, all eyes turn to the Gulf of Mexico, where Tropical Storm Michael is gaining strength.

Gardner said once Michael has moved through the region, it will be dry and brisk, bringing a taste of true fall weather to central North Carolina.

With Hurricane Michael rapidly intensifying and threatening to smash Florida's Panhandle with risky storm surge, flooding and winds, Gov. Rick Scott didn't mince words on Monday night: "Making decisions tomorrow might be too late".

The depression was moving north at 3 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Michael's impacts could be similar to what was seen during Hurricane Hermine, when 80 percent of Tallahassee lost power.

"Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds", according to the hurricane center.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency has entered OPCON 4 and is monitoring Tropical Storm Michael. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Michael could strengthen at some point to a category 4 storm. The storm was moving north at 12 miles per hour and strengthening with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

Computer models are in good agreement on the track, but slight shifts toward the coast or toward the mountains will have a big impact on our forecast. "We're going to get storm surge, we have wind, we have a chance of flooding, we have a significant chance of tornadoes".

"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post. There have been no fundamental changes in the forecast track and timing of likely landfall near the eastern Panhandle or Forgotten Coast counties. Our state understands how serious tropical weather is and how devastating any hurricane or tropical storm can be.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Warning is in effect for. A hurricane Michael landfall in Florida would put ILS investments at risk, with numerous exposed catastrophe bonds and collateralized reinsurance positions. The declaration will free up resources for storm preparation.

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