Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Michael expected to have some impact on Carolinas

Michael expected to have some impact on Carolinas

Up to 12 inches of rain could fall in Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend areas, southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia, while parts of the Carolinas - recently deluged by Hurricane Florence - and southern Virginia eventually could see up to 6 inches, the hurricane center said.

Michael is projected to plough into Florida's panhandle at midday on Wednesday, unleashing potentially devastating waves of seawater as high as 12 feet (3.6 metres) that could rush inland for miles around the storm's centre, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a risky major hurricane within days.

Some parts of Florida could see storm surges of nine to 13ft and up to a foot of rain.

As the Panhandle braces for major Hurricane Michael, Tropical Storm Nadine has formed in the far eastern Atlantic.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center said Michael had top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph).

At least 57,000 coastal homes, as well as high-rise condos and businesses, will be at risk from the landfall of Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Michael will be a major hurricane when it arrives at the Florida coast sometime Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center says. If Michael's forecast proves right, there's a 95 percent chance the area's dunes will be flooded by storm waters.

Several people were taken by van from coastal Wakulla County to Tallahassee's Leon County to the north. Wakulla County's shelters are not considered reliable against storms stronger than a Category 2. He also activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage those living near the coast to evacuate inland.

Now ranked as a category-1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale, Michael could grow into a category-3 storm, with the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days by the time it hits Florida on Wednesday.

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If Michael's core comes ashore as a Category 2 or higher, it would be the strongest storm in terms of wind speed to make landfall in the country this year.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Michael was expected to be "the most deadly, destructive storm to the panhandle in decades".

A number mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Florida counties ahead of Michael.

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

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an emergency declaration for her entire state, expecting widespread power outages and other problems from Michael.

"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".

Michael was now packing winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kilometers per hour) as it aimed for the Florida panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land on the Gulf of Mexico.

He also wrote that he had told local officials multiple times that if they "did not get their mission and commodity requests in [by Monday night], it is unlikely that we can fulfill those requests before the onset of the storm".

"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life", Johnson said of his city on Apalachicola Bay, where about 90 percent of Florida's oysters are harvested. It developed into a hurricane on Monday, and by today, more than 180,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders. "The state is not taking this storm lightly and neither should any family".

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