Pinoys in southeastern U.S. told: Brace for hurricane Michael

Pinoys in southeastern U.S. told: Brace for hurricane Michael

Pinoys in southeastern U.S. told: Brace for hurricane Michael

The National Hurricane Center reports Michael is forecast to be a unsafe major hurricane when it reaches the Gulf Coast on Wednesday with life-threatening storm surge possible along portions of the state, including Manatee County, which could see up to a four-foot storm surge.

Michael's large size, strong winds and heavy rains could produce hazardous flooding along a stretch of Florida's Gulf coast with many rivers and estuaries where seawater pushed ashore by a hurricane could get trapped, said Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham. A Category 1 hurricane has sustained winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour.

Some further strengthening is expected overnight and on Wednesday, and Michael is forecast to become a category 4 hurricane before it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area.

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said it has alerted Filipinos in 5 southeastern USA states to prepare for Hurricane Michael, forecast to crash ashore midweek as a major Category 3 storm.

On the forecast track, Michael was expected to pass northeast through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia on Wednesday Thursday as a tropical storm.

Heavy rains and strong winds are spreading across Western Cuba today.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says Hurricane Michael is a "monstrous storm" that has the potential to be devastating to the Florida Panhandle. It will also feel incredible outside since we will strip the area of this August-like humidity!

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for.

"We are already seeing the impacts of Michael here in Central Florida with on and off rain throughout the day", Bridges said.

Scott has activated 1,250 members of the Florida National Guard, with another 4,250 on standby.

Authorities earlier ordered residents of northwest Florida to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Michael. The primary threat will be tropical storm force winds, which are likely for most of our area.

Starting Wednesday, rainfall from Hurricane Michael will touch down in the greater-Wilmington area, according to the National Weather Service's latest briefing.

"Alabama is once again in the path of a hurricane, but I know Alabamians will once again come together and be prepared for whatever Michael may bring", Governor Ivey said.

There was a storm surge warning in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Anclote River in Florida, and a storm surge watch in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., to Duck, N.C.

The storm was considered a Category 1 hurricane at 5 p.m. Monday and hovering over western Cuba. "It looks like another big one", he added.

The Mississippi Gulf coast is under a Tropical Storm Watch, as are some of the inland counties of Alabama. On Sunday, CEMA urged residents to maintain awareness of the storm.

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