Hurricane Michael evacuation: Florida declares emergency - Scott activates national guard

11 October, 2018, 11:38 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Weather forecast: PM thunderstorms expected

Hurricane Michael isn't expected to hit Manatee County directly, but it will bring some wet weather.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said Michael had top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph). The storm's new categorization means it can cause well-constructed frame homes to "sustain major roof and siding damage". According to the Associated Press, a hurricane hunter plane flew into the storm Tuesday morning and found the storm was rapidly intensifying, which mean winds could push the storm into a category three before it makes landfall sometime on Wednesday.

It could be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle in recorded history.

Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov.

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Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect in Bay County for people in Panama City Beach and other low-lying areas in the bull's-eye. The areas from Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island and between the Alabama-Florida border and the Okaloosa-Walton county line could see 2 feet to 4 feet of storm surge. Rick Scott posted a series of tweets warning residents to prepare and evacuate. Fernando is anxious about the approach of Hurricane Michael because he sustained tree damage to his house in Florence and has tarps covering parts of the exterior.

"People need to start leaving now", sheriff Tommy Ford told an emergency meeting Monday night, according to the AP.

"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". "That's going to mean you're gonna get flooding". "There's nothing between us and this storm but warm water' and I think that's what terrifies us about the potential impacts". NHC said those areas will likely experience a "life-threatening" storm surge, where 9 to 13 feet of inundation is possible in the worst areas between Tyndall Air Force Base and Keaton Beach.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, helped people fill sandbags.

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