- Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm by Tuesday morning as continues to move north in the Gulf of Mexico.
"It looks like what we are planning for Wednesday is tropical storm-force winds of 39 to 57 miles per hour", said Jonathan Lord, Flagler County's emergency services chief.
On its current track, it would make landfall somewhere along a coastline that includes the cities and towns of Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, St. Teresa and the wildlife reserves bordering Apalachee Bay.
He said: "We don't know if it's going to wipe out our house or not". "That's the criticality of following directions". After Hurricane Irma a year ago, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.
"My expectation is if you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". So, if you take in those tides, which are already a few feet above what they should be, and then you add the storm surge on top of that, both of those numbers combined nine to 13 feet of storm surge. It's as simple as that. Up to eight inches of storm surge is possible in Citrus County, and up to six inches in Pasco County. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center said. "Don't think that you can ride this out if you're in a low-lying area", Nelson said on CNN.
"It's been dry for the last couple of weeks, so there's plenty of places for that to run off to", he said. Because he owns two businesses in the area, Givens, who lives inland, said he was not evacuating.
"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post.
Relatively minor flooding from a combination of king tides and 1 to 3 feet of storm surge from Michael, with Tuesday night's tide expected to be the highest. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon.
The biggest threat will be high water along the coast, mainly north of Tampa Bay. The rains could bring life-threatening flash flooding.
Hurricane Michael is gaining strength as it lashes Cuba's western tip and lumbers northward toward the U.S.
The storm is expected to undergo rapid intensification again Tuesday. If the forecast is correct, Michael would be the 11th major hurricane to hit Florida in October since records began in 1851, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.
Probabilities of hurricane-force wind speeds.
Storm surge watches and warnings were issued for much of the coast north and east of the Gulf of Mexico.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban province of Isle of Youth and the Mexican coast from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.
Scott on Monday expanded a state of emergency to a total of 35 Florida counties, the news release said. Tropical storm warnings cover 8.5 million people in four states. Some areas could see up to 4 inches of rain. Scott is urging people along the Gulf Coast to finish their storm preparations Monday evening.
Michael will be first major hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005. Now, battling wind shear but emerging in the Gulf of Mexico, it's a strengthening hurricane, with winds up to 110 miles per hour as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The sheriff's office says Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes below that threshold.
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