Monday, 10 December, 2018

Hurricane Michael with 155 miles per hour winds makes landfall in Florida

Hurricane Michael strengthens as thousands flee Hurricane Michael: Floridians Ordered to Evacuate 'Monster Storm' As It Continues to Strengthen
Kristen Harrington | 11 October, 2018, 03:59

The heavy rainfall will soften the ground near trees and may make them easier to fall.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, filled sandbags with residents and urged the state capital's residents to finish emergency preparations quickly. Storm surge warnings were also in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts.

The lower the minimum pressure, the more intense the hurricane.

The Suncoast already experienced some flooding Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday due to the high ride combined with storm surge from Michael.

"This is definitely [and] unfortunately a historical and incredibly risky and life-threatening situation", he added.

Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns supercharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida's Panhandle.

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Maximum sustained winds were at 155 miles per hour, which is a very strong category four hurricane.

A hurricane warning was up across the Florida panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resort and retirement communities on northeastern Gulf coast. "A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported over 7.7 feet of inundation above ground level", the Hurricane Center said.

A year ago saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equaling Dollars 125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area.

"The time to evacuate has come and gone ... Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.

First coined by FEMA Director W. Craig Fugate in 2004, the index is based on the extent of operations and service at the 24/7 restaurant chain following a storm and indicates how prepared a business is in case of a natural disaster.

Michael will track northeastward through Georgia and into the Carolinas.

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A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Surf City to Duck on the Outer Banks, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Up to a foot of rainfall was forecast for some areas.

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Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka Florida A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for. "We have 54 shelters open across the panhandle and Big Bend", he added. That's how strong a storm can get if all other factors are aligned, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate and hurricane expert Jim Kossin said.

As Florence made its way toward the coast of the Carolinas last month, it weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

1 P.M. The 1 p.m. advisory on Hurricane Michael is out, and not much has changed from the previous report. Debris is strewn across miles of Florida's coastline: Roofs and awnings peeled back from buildings, pieces of homes scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches washed away.

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It followed a bleak session in Europe, where Germany's Dax and France's Cac 40 had each ended the day more than 2% lower. A move of more than two deviations, or 40 basis points now , leads to negative S&P 500 returns, Goldman says.

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