Hurricane Michael Expected to Grow into a Major Hurricane

Tracking Michael What You Need to Know

Hurricane Michael Expected to Grow into a Major Hurricane

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". "You need to evacuate if you're ordered to do so". "So my expectation is everybody gets taken care of".

Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties, from the Panhandle to Tampa Bay, activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage evacuations.

Warnings have also been been expanded to the USA east coast, from Fernandina Beach - just north of Jacksonville - to SC, as forecasters fear the storm will spread rapidly as it moves inland. "If you live along some of these rivers, you have to think the waters are going to come up there. I live four to five blocks from the water, so I'm scared", said Tessa Whitaker, who lives in Carabelle, a city on St. George Sound about an hour southwest of Tallahassee.

"There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water, and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts", Gillum said.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The center of Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon.

A high risk of rip currents at Atlantic Coast beaches.

The governor also told Florida hospitals and nursing homes to do all they can to assure the safety of the frail and elderly.

A hurricane warning was in effect for a more than 300-mile (480-km) stretch of coastline from the Florida-Alabama border to the Suwannee River in Florida.

As we wrote earlier today, as much as $13.4 billion of property reconstruction values stand in hurricane Michael's path.

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The National Hurricane center says the storm is expected to become a major hurricane by Tuesday night. It was moving to the north at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, that's up from 100 mph from the previous advisory.

The hurricane center, citing Michael's unsafe trifecta of storm surge, flash flooding and winds, described the seventh hurricane of the Atlantic season as "life-threatening". The storm was centered about 390 miles (627 kilometers) south of Apalachicola and 420 miles (675 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for.

"Heavy rainfall from Michael could produce life-threatening flash flooding from the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region into portions of Georgia and SC".

As Hurricane Michael continues to churn it's way toward the Florida Panhandle Tuesday (10/9) tens of thousands of people potentially in harm's way have been ordered to heed warnings of possible severe coastal flooding. Gov. Kay Ivey said she feared widespread power outages and other problems would follow.

The trajectory at press time Monday showed Michael making landfall in Florida before the cone passes directly over the Columbia area into central North Carolina.

Governor Rick Scott´s office said mandatory evacuation orders were in place for parts of Bay County, which includes the popular Panama City beach resort, and areas in nearby Gulf and Franklin counties.

There will be no shelters open in Wakulla County, the sheriff's office warned on Facebook, because they are rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 178kmh. He repeatedly and forcefully urged state residents to evacuate with an intensity not seen Tuesday. "This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared".

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