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Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

FIRST TO ALERT Tracking Michael FIRST TO ALERT Tracking Michael Tropical track for Michael as of Monday Morning WTVM
Kristen Harrington | 10 October, 2018, 17:41

A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.

By 8 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds had risen some to 85 miles per hour (140 kph) as it headed north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph). The storm was centred about 724 kilometres south of Apalachicola.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (56km) from the core and tropical-storm-force winds out up to 175 miles (282km).

Heavy rains and strong winds are spreading across Western Cuba today.

Forecasters say the storm could dump as much as 30 centimeters of rain in western Cuba, triggering life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

"Think about what we've seen before with storms like Hurricane Irma", he said. One man named Richard said he lives nowhere in the areas expected to feel the brunt of Michael.

"This is a storm that is going to be life-threatening in several ways", said Bo Patterson, the mayor of Port St Joe, Florida, whose small beachfront town lies directly in the storm's projected path. "Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm and the forecast just keeps getting more risky, we are now just hours from seeing impacts", Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Tuesday afternoon.

Of the elderly and infirm patients, Scott had a blunt message for their caregivers: "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient".

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At this point, it will be the second hurricane to make landfall in the USA this year.

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient. Take care of them", he said.

In the small Panhandle city of Apalachicola, Mayor Van Johnson Sr. said the 2,300 residents are frantically preparing for a major hurricane strike that could be unlike any there in decades. Many filled sandbags and boarded up homes. It is expected to become a hurricane by Tuesday.

The core of the storm was expected to crash ashore around midday Wednesday near Panama City Beach, along a lightly populated stretch of fishing villages and white-sand spring-break beaches.

In fact, the situation is already looking so dire for a midweek landfall on the Florida panhandle that Governor Rick Scott has preemptively declared states of emergency in numerous counties while suspending his own Senate campaign to warn residents of impending danger.

Hurricane-force winds extend about 45 miles from the center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching 185 miles, the NHC said. Some of that rain could be locally heavy.

"We are running out of time", Scott said in a post on Twitter.

High winds weren't the only danger.

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After landfall Michael will track directly over central Georgia Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Neighbours in Alabama - the entire state is under an emergency declaration - also were bracing.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael's arrival. Forecasters also warned spinoff tornadoes would also be a threat.

A satellite image shows Hurricane Michael moving north in the Gulf of Mexico, heading for a landfall in the Florida Panhandle.

According to Colorado State University hurricane scientist Phil Klotzbach, of the 15 major hurricanes that have struck the United States in October since 1851, 10 of them have hit Florida. These winds will be capable of knocking down trees, and causing power outages.

"Today it is about life and safety", Gillum said. "We know that a storm like Michael can be devastating and deadly".

In Seaside, Florida, coastal businesses are boarding up.

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