Michael 3rd most intense USA landfalling hurricane on record

Gwen Vasquez
October 11, 2018

"I think our biggest impact here on the Island could be some heavier rain from this more garden-variety storm system, than a direct impact from Michael itself, although a plume of tropical moisture well ahead of Michael does look to push far enough north to have some effect on P.E.I".

As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Michael is an extremely unsafe Category 3 storm.

"It's hard to convey in words the scale of the catastrophe in Panama City".

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".

Addressing the media at the state Emergency Operations Center Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott said a "massive wave of response" was already underway from the state, utilities and the U.S. Coast Guard, for the storm that "came really fast".

Jonathan Bachman / Reuters A message has been written on a closed business as Hurricane Michael approaches Panama City Beach, Florida, on October 10. The core of Michael will move across eastern Georgia into central SC later Thursday. "The storm will pass quickly, ending the threat from west to east late this afternoon and evening".

As Hurricane Michael barreled through the Gulf of Mexico toward northwest Florida on Wednesday, unsafe storm surges had already begun flooding the state's vulnerable coastal communities.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

The Category 4 hurricane was the fiercest to hit Florida in 80 years when it came ashore on Wednesday, but its strength waned as it pushed into Georgia.

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Gen, Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been taken by surprise by the rapid escalation of the storm.

Benson also posted a clip of the storm's winds picking up a portable toilet and sending it flying across a parking lot.

"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den".

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders.

According to Climate Central, a scientific research organization, the coming decades are expected to bring hurricanes that intensify more rapidly, should there be no change in the rate of greenhouse gas emissions. It is also the strongest hurricane to strike anywhere in Florida since Andrew in 1992.

The storm will be making landfall around 2 p.m.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter. The hotter an ocean is — and the deeper its warm water goes — the more intense a hurricane can get, Masters explained.

Some communities in Georgia had 5 inches of rain and more than 350,000 people were without power, the Weather Channel reported Thursday morning.

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