Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Hurricane Michael city-by-city forecast

Hurricane Michael city-by-city forecast

On its current track, it would make landfall somewhere along a coastline that includes the cities and towns of Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, St. Teresa and the wildlife reserves bordering Apalachee Bay.

The National Hurricane center says the storm is expected to become a major hurricane by Tuesday night.

Wednesday: By Wednesday morning, the storm's gale-force winds (around 40 mph) will have reached the Panhandle.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center said Michael had top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

The speed of the storm - Michael was moving north 12 mph (19 kph) - gave people a dwindling number of hours to prepare or flee before being caught in damaging wind and rain.

The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

If Michael continues to intensify and stay on the National Hurricane Center's forecasted path, storm surge impacts east of the hurricane's eye are expected to be most severe, where storm surge and waves could bring water levels to rise as high as 16 to 20 feet, the USGS predicts.

Thousands of Florida residents have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Michael heads for the state's coast.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.

"Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area along the U.S. Gulf Coast by Wednesday, with tropical storm conditions expected by tonight or early Wednesday".

The clockwise churn of an area of high pressure centered over DE is what's keeping Michael on a more northerly path toward the Panhandle and away from South Florida, said AccuWeather senior hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

The Category 1 storm was centered about 390 miles (627 kilometers) south of Apalachicola and 420 miles (675 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said at a news conference Sunday.

"This storm has the potential to be a historic storm, please take heed", the sheriff's office said in the post.

"Everybody's got to get ready. You need to take care of yourselves". The governors of Alabama and Georgia also made emergency declarations.

In Escambia County, on the western edge of the Panhandle, evacuations began in Pensacola Beach and other vulnerable areas, but not in Pensacola itself, a city of about 54,000.

Since the Sunshine State has been battered by so many hurricanes, including the destructive Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Floridians are better prepared to handle flooding than virtually any other state.

"You could see storm surge 10 to 12 miles inland", said National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham.

In Panhandle counties, most state offices, schools and universities were closed for the rest of the week.

In neighboring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on Monday, anticipating wind damage, heavy rains and power outages. "It looked a couple of days ago like it was not going to be much, and now it's looking like it could be a very big one, so we're prepared".

He noted that residents in the nearby coastal county of Wakulla were being forced to keep their shelters shut because they aren't built to withstand severe winds that may come with Hurricane Michael.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open in Wakulla County because Michael was forecast to become a major hurricane with winds topping 111 miles per hour (178 kph).

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