Why Hurricane Michael is a monster unlike any other

Why Hurricane Michael is a monster unlike any other

Why Hurricane Michael is a monster unlike any other

According to the National Hurricane Center, there will be life-threatening storm surge, the worst of which is expected between Tyndall Air Force Base and Keaton Beach, "where 9 to 13 feet of inundation is possible".

"My God it's scary".

REUTERS/Carlo AllegriA truck drives along a road that has been washed out as Hurricane Michael comes ashore in Alligator Point, Florida, U.S., October 10, 2018. Michael is now positioned 60 miles south-southwest of Panama City. This will be at some point on Wednesday morning (today) Florida time. "We're seeing up to nine feet of inundation in parts of Apalachicola, Florida, and that wasn't even where Michael made landfall".

"It feels like you don't know when the next tree is going to fall on top of you because its blowing so ferociously", said Port St. Joe Mayor Bo Patterson.

Forecasters say deadly storm surge, catastrophic wind damage and heavy rainfall are imminent. It's very, very scary.

Around 30 million people across six states are under a hurricane watch and more than 375,000 people on the coast were told to evacuate, though many have ignored the emergency order. United States producers in the Gulf cut oil production by about 40 percent and natural gas output by 28 percent on Tuesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said early evacuation efforts in the area were slow.

Michael will keep plowing through the Southeast as a hurricane, with winds topping 73 miles per hour as it crosses into Georgia. Duke said Tuesday night, it expected 100,000 to 200,000 customers to lose power.

The National Weather Service described Michael as "extremely risky", saying it will bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast.

"We have trucks loaded with tons of food, water and other critical supplies, ready to move in", Scott said.

Power has been knocked out to a about 250,000 homes and businesses.

Hurricane Michael just made landfall along the Florida panhandle and it's packing much more of a punch than most assumed it would when warnings about its arrival began to spread about a week ago.

The lower the minimum pressure, the more intense the hurricane.

States of emergency are in place in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

Still, travelers to the region should monitor flights on Wednesday and Thursday to make sure Michael doesn't bring disruptions further inland.

The region should brace for "major infrastructure damage", specifically to electricity distribution, wastewater treatment systems and transportation networks, Jeff Byard, associate administrator for FEMA, told reporters on a conference call.

Schools and public buildings in the area have been closed, and people have been urged to leave or find shelter.

Regardless of Hurricane Michael's ultimate classification, those in the path of the storm are facing life-threatening winds, storm surge and other unsafe conditions.

One forecast model from the University of MI estimates the storm will result in 1.4 million people losing power throughout the Southeast. "You know, that's hard", she said, choking back tears. "We're kind of nervous".

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