Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Evacuations ordered as ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Michael approaches Florida

Evacuations ordered as ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Michael approaches Florida

The latest track shows a weakening Michael moving either directly through, or at least near central Georgia as a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Michael has formed in the northwestern Caribbean as of early Sunday afternoon. But within a few hours it gained more strength and by Sunday evening, it had top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph).

Lowndes County can expect "at least" 40 miles per hour winds, with gusts to hurricane strength, and three to five inches of rain when the storm moves through the county Wednesday, said Kelly Godsey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Tallahassee, Fla., office.

The system is expected to bring rain around the same time the King Tide is expected, making St. Augustine and other areas more vulnerable to flooding.

Below is additional information from the National Hurricane Center. Some further strengthening is expected overnight and on Wednesday, and Michael is forecast to become a category 4 hurricane before it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area.

Outer bands from Michael are expected produce as much as 4 inches (10 cm) of rain through Tuesday in the Florida Keys, one of several areas in the state devastated by Hurricane Irma a year ago.

Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday night. By 5 a.m., maximum sustained speeds were just shy of hurricane strength, at 70 miles per hour.

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The threat for tornadoes will increase late Tuesday into Wednesday over parts of the Florida panhandle, the northern Florida Peninsula, and southern Georgia.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said in a briefing Sunday.

Updates 2:30 p.m. Sunday version with emergency declared, new details: Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Northwest Florida as a looming hurricane threatens to hammer the region in the middle of the week.

For DC, although the current track keeps the center of Michael southeast of our area, it will still influence our weather. The storm is moving to the due north at 7 miles per hour. The areas from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island and between the Alabama-Florida border and the Okaloosa-Walton county line could see 2 to 4 feet of storm surge.

"Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba", the hurricane center said.

On Monday, Michael will emerge over the Gulf of Mexico, where computer model forecasts predict that it will steadily intensify. Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee who is vying to succeed Scott as the state's governor, has called off campaign events on Monday and Tuesday to focus on storm preparation, CNN reported. Our state understands how serious tropical weather is and how devastating any hurricane or tropical storm can be.

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