Hurricane Michael Expected to Grow into a Major Hurricane

Hurricane Michael Expected to Grow into a Major Hurricane

By the time Michael makes it to the Carolinas, the storm is going to be flying, which should help lower the flash flood potential, but Panovich still believes there could be flooding in the mountains and eastern Carolinas.

Forecasters say Hurricane Michael will strengthen into a major hurricane by late Tuesday as it continues on a unsafe path towards the southeastern US state of Florida. Landfall is expected Wednesday on Florida's northeast Gulf Coast. "That's the criticality of following directions". In the days following Hurricane Irma past year, 14 people died after a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning.

Of the elderly and infirm patients, Scott had a blunt message for their caregivers: "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".

With an officiant standing in front of them, the couple said their vows on the beach as brisk winds brushed them. Evacuations were also ordered for the City of Port St. Joe, all areas from St. Joseph Bay to Long Avenue; St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill - Waterside of Highway 98. It's as simple as that.

"I know people are tired from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, adding, "A number of homes have rooftop tarps that could be damaged or blown away with this wind".

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said Sunday US time after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Centre. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions".

"We (first) bumped it up to Tuesday night. and then we bumped it up to Tuesday morning", Cindy Guinn said. "We can rebuild your house, but we cannot rebuild your life".

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As of Tuesday evening, Michael had 120mph winds, and it still had another 18 hours or so over open water to intensify before interactions with the U.S. landmass would force some weakening. The storm is expected to strengthen as it moves through the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Michael will influence South Florida's weather for the rest of the week, but the effects are not expected to be significant, forecasters say.

Ivey signed the emergency declaration Monday in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and heavy rain associated with the storm. As Michael moves inland, southern Georgia and southeast Alabama can expect damaging winds, too.

The biggest threat will be high water along the coast, mainly north of Tampa Bay. 4-8 inches of rain is possible and this is where the highest risk of tornadoes will be as well.

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect from the Alabama-Florida border to Suwannee River, Florida.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Michael", Deal said.

5pm ET Tuesday forecast track for Hurricane Michael.

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"This storm will bring torrential rain, heavy winds and unsafe storm surges to many areas of our state", he tweeted.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. Its center is located 200 miles south southwest of Apalachicola and 225 miles south of Panama City.

"The FL panhandle needs to be prepared for a direct hit with sustained hurricane force winds", Scott wrote on Twitter on Monday.

"Let me be clear, Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said during a media conference Tuesday morning.

He also has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties and asked President Donald Trump for assistance ahead of the storm.

Michael, which increased to a Category 1 hurricane midday Monday, will rapidly intensify over the next 24 to 36 hours, Orrock said.

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 111 miles per hour (178 kph).

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Tropical storm warnings were issued for the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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