Hurricane Michael may affect Sumter area later this week

11 October, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • An are of low pressure in the far western Caribbean is expected to develop into a tropical depression or even a tropical storm on Sunday. Michaels is the next name up. The storm could threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast by Wednesday

"This storm will bring torrential rain, heavy winds and unsafe storm surges to many areas of our state", he tweeted. "Do not think you can survive it".

"The impact will be storm surge, very heavy rain and strong, gusty winds as it makes landfall", Bridges said.

He said: "Today is about life and safety". The category one hurricane is expected to affect parts of the state later this week.

Marion County could experience tropical storm conditions. High surf warnings were in effect already at the Alabama coast.

The governor's office cautioned that flash flooding and tornadoes are possible. The NHC issued a tropical storm watch for the area from the Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island in Florida, as well as the area from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Hurricane Michael is gaining strength as it lashes Cuba's western tip and lumbers northward toward the U.S.

Hurricane Michael was expected to strengthen on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, taking aim at the Florida panhandle, where residents were implored to get out of harm's way ahead of life-threatening waves, winds and rains. Storm surge is not much of a concern because forecasters expect the hurricane to move quickly across the state, Martin said.

Strong winds will extend hundreds of miles east of the storm, meaning power outages and storm impacts will extend across large areas of North Florida.

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The eye of the storm was 30 miles west of Bainbridge, Ga., and 70 miles southwest of Albany, Ga., as of the NHC's 4 p.m. CDT update. "Grab your rain gear because it won't stop until likely Friday".

Speaking alongside emergency officials in Pasco County, Scott said Monday he's waiving tolls.

By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan.

Far inland, from the Florida Panhandle into Georgia and the Carolinas, rainfall totals are predicted to be up to 8 inches, with a foot of rain possible in isolated areas.

It is moving slowly moving north at 6 miles per hour and is starting to pick up speed. Mobile and Baldwin Counties are also under a Hurricane Watch.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard.

"Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades", Scott said. He added that the hurricane looks like "a big one".

Tropical Storm Michael became a named storm on Sunday.

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