Hurricane Michael menaces Florida after killing 13

Hurricane Michael menaces Florida after killing 13

Hurricane Michael menaces Florida after killing 13

As of Saturday night, the forecast looks like western Florida could see the most intense part of the storm. "Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes".

By 5 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 80 miles per hour.

"Start preparing today", NHC Director Ken Graham told people in the storm's path, in a Facebook video update Monday.

Michael was located about 60 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba and was moving north at 12 mph.

Michael was lashing western Cuba on Monday with heavy rains and strong winds. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the core and tropical-storm-force winds out 175 miles.

Hurricane Michael is forecast to barrel its way through the states of Alabama and Georgia, as well as parts of MS and Tennessee, during the same day. Flash flooding and tornadoes are also possible and parts of Alabama have been placed under tropical storm watches or warnings. A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Suwanee River, and tropical storm watches have been issued from the Suwanee River to Anna Maria Island and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Storm surge could reach heights of 6 to 9 feet from the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Mexico Beach and from Keaton Beach to Cedar Key.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said: "Hurricane Michael is forecasted to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades". Monday, it became the seventh hurricane of 2018 in the Atlantic Basin.

The category-1 hurricane left dozens dead in the Carolinas and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage.

Forecasters say the storm will gain more intensity through Tuesday, with a chance it will weaken somewhat as it nears land in Florida. This will likely be a storm with the worst impacts seen overnight on Wednesday.

Scott also activated 500 National Guard Troops in advance of the storm.

"Everybody's got to get ready".

"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post. Storm surge warnings were also in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts.

Scott said in addition to declaring a state of emergency, he asked President Donald Trump to declare a pre-landfall disaster to free up federal resources. The bloom has spread to Florida's Panhandle and the Miami area.

Ahead of the storm, Florida State University announced that it would shut down after midnight Monday and remain closed for the rest of the week.

In neighboring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on October 8 in anticipation of wind damage, heavy rains and power outages.

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