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Florida is braced for a hurricane 'catastrophe'

Hurricane Michael: 5 Facts About The Potential Most Destructive Storm To Hit Florida In Decades Michael Upgraded To Category 3 'Major' Hurricane As It Approaches Florida Panhandle
Kristen Harrington | 11 October, 2018, 12:03

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

Gov Scott warned that he may order more evacuations due to the size of the potential storm surge.

Michael is a Category 2 storm, with sustained wind speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour (155 km/h), according to NOAA.

University of Georgia's Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, called it a "life-altering event" on Facebook and said he watched the storm's growth on satellite images with a pit growing in his stomach.

Winds as strong as Michael is producing can inflict substantial damage to roofs and walls of even well-constructed homes, according to the National Weather Service.

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Michael is expected to be the first major hurricane (Category 3 or above) to strike the Florida Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

As some North Carolina communities continue to recover from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper urged people to get ready for Hurricane Michael as it bears down on the Florida coast.

Isolated tornadoes are possible overnight Wednesday in southern Georgia which is under a tropical storm warning. A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.

More than 20 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning across five states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina). Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 miles per hour with higher gusts.

"There are warnings for more than 300 miles (480km) of coastline", the National Weather Service tweeted, predicting that Michael would become a "large and risky hurricane". "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area".

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He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicentre. It earlier warned that waves up to about 30 centimetres were possible within 300 kilometres of the epicentre.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area along the southeast US coast by Wednesday, and possible in the watch area by late Wednesday. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the southeastern United States.

The storm has become unsafe, with forecasters predicting life-threatening storm surge that will likely be exacerbated by the astronomical king tides.

Coastal residents rushed to board up their homes and sandbag their properties against the fast-moving hurricane, which was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday along a relatively lightly populated stretch of shoreline known for its fishing villages and white-sand spring-break beaches.

Torrential downpours and flash-flooding over the weekend caused 13 deaths in Central America after Michael formed off the coast of northern Honduras. Florida Peninsula, eastern Mid Atlantic, southern New England coast...1-3 inches. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office. NEXT ADVISORY ----- Next intermediate advisory at 100 AM CDT.

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