Hurricane Michael evacuation: Florida declares emergency - Scott activates national guard

11 October, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • 'We've Never Seen Anything Like It in the Panhandle': Monstrous Hurricane Michael Set to Strike Florida

Florida's panhandle coast is littered with evidence that Hurricane Michael is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. Roofs and awnings are peeled from buildings, pieces of homes are scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches are washed away.

— Major pressure: 919 millibars minimum pressure in the hurricane's eye, the third most intense hurricane landfall in the U.S.in recorded history.

A hurricane warning was issued for much of the Florida panhandle, with tropical storm watches and warnings issued for areas nearby.

The storm's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic", according to hurricane forecasters.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

At around 9 a.m. ET, Klotzbach reported that Michael had max sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, which is faster than any to reach the area since measurements began in 1851.

"Today is the day".

The storm has become unsafe, with forecasters predicting life-threatening storm surge that will likely be exacerbated by the astronomical king tides.

Unlike with the powerful and deadly Hurricane Irma past year that ran up the state, Scott has left evacuation orders to county officials.

"This storm is DEADLY", Florida governor Rick Scott warned.

Each line is a different forecast model projection for the track of Michael later this week.

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Forecasters said parts of Florida's marshy, lightly populated Big Bend area could see up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) of storm surge.

Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border * Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka Florida * north of Fernandina Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... It is expected to weaken as it moves up into the southeastern United States.

Hurricane Michael is threatening more than 300 miles of the Gulf Coast, prompting emergency declarations in more than 35 counties from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into the state's Big Bend region. President Donald Trump has endorsed DeSantis. According to the Associated Press, a hurricane hunter plane flew into the storm Tuesday morning and found the storm was rapidly intensifying, which mean winds could push the storm into a category three before it makes landfall sometime on Wednesday.

Florida has had more hurricanes in October than in any other month.

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

About 3,500 Florida National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm recovery, along with more than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel, Scott said.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger. This area includes Pensacola, Panama City and Tallahassee. Authorities were also searching for a boy swept away by a river in Guatemala.

"Those who stick around to experience storm surge don t typically live to tell about it", said FEMA s Long.

"If you and your family made it through the storm safely, the worst thing you could do now is act foolishly", he said.

"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.

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