See Hurricane Michael from Space in These Satellite Images

Lester Mason
October 10, 2018

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents were frantically preparing for what could be a strike unlike any seen there in decades.

Two years ago, Hurricane Hermine knocked out power for days in Tallahassee and caused widespread flooding as it came up through the Gulf Coast. Forecasters predict the storm will bring torrential rains and winds of upwards of 120 miles per hour.

Michael lashed western Cuba Monday with heavy rains and strong winds.

As of early Tuesday, Michael was 420 miles south of Panama City, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. She worked all night stocking shelves at a big-box store that was closing later today, then got to work securing her yard.

RMS said that, "Because Michael is expected to be a fast-moving storm, the potential impacts are nearly the opposite of what we saw in Florence".

A storm surge warning is also in effect from Florida's Okaloosa/Walton County Line to the Anclote River.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm could unleash coastal storm surges of up to 3.7 meters along the Florida Panhandle and dump up to 30 cm of rain across Florida, Georgia and SC. As Michael moves inland, southern Georgia and southeast Alabama can expect damaging winds, too.

President Trump has committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need, according to Scott.

The clockwise churn of an area of high pressure centered over DE is what's keeping Michael on a more northerly path toward the Panhandle and away from South Florida, said AccuWeather senior hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

The governor activated 750 National Guardsmen for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before.

Warnings are in effect for more than 300 miles of coastline, the National Weather Service said.

According to NHC, the worst storm surge is expected between Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida where nine to 13 feet of inundation is possible.

Panama City could see a storm surge at depths from 6 to 9 feet.

"The storm surge is absolutely deadly".

"You haven't got anywhere to go (if the bridges close)", he said Tuesday morning. Scott also said Monday afternoon that state health officials are reaching out to hospitals and nursing homes to be prepared. "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts".

Other locations in the state are under voluntary evacuation.

The storm will quickly move inland and race to the northeast through the Southeastern US, exiting the Mid-Atlantic and sliding south of New England before the weekend.

For residents who want to leave, local authorities are stressing timely evacuation, too.

"For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life".

"You can not hide from storm surge, so. get out if an evacuation is ordered", he said.

"Families should take the opportunity today to make sure they have three days of food and water, as well as all needed medications", Governor Scott wrote on Twitter. The designation means tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are expected in the area within 48 hours.

Eglin Air Force Base required only mission-essential personnel to report for duty Tuesday. Thus, flood is not expected to be a large loss driver with Michael.

Florida Fish and Wildlife has put 40 additional law enforcement officers on notice to deploy with a variety of special equipment, including boats.

The WGNO weather team will continue to monitor the latest information on Hurricane Michael and will continue to bring you the latest updates on-air, online, and on social media.

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