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'Monstrous' hurricane Michael powering towards Florida

'Running out of time': Florida braces for dangerous floods as Hurricane Michael strengthens Hurricane Michael is a rare, but not unprecedented, October storm
Kristen Harrington | 10 October, 2018, 00:58

After striking Florida, Michael is forecast to move up the East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday tearing through the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

As a result and given the expected landfall location, RMS notes that, "The Big Bend region of Florida is typically at risk to high amounts of storm surge from hurricanes due to its shallowly sloped coastline, which allows for water to build up as the storm moves ashore.

The center of Michael is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States by Friday", according to the NHC. After Hurricane Irma a year ago, 14 people died when a South Florida nursing home lost power and air conditioning. The storm's center is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Ben area today before moving northeastward across the southeastern USA tonight and tomorrow morning.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is tracking Tropical Storm Michael, which formed from a tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday.

"If you decide to stay in your home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you", Morgan said at a news conference. "Residents in these areas should follow all advice given by their local officials", the hurricane center said. Tropical storm watches are in effect in some coastal areas of Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and SC. That's just below the threshold for a "major" hurricane, and forecasters say they still expect Michael to get stronger. He added, "Today it is about life and safety".

Besides the unsafe storm surge, residents should also prepare for torrential rain and major flooding, Scott said, with 4 to 8 inches of rain expected and even 12 inches possible in some areas.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties and activated hundreds of National Guard troops to prepare for Hurricane Michael's onslaught. "You need to take care of yourselves".

Michael is a Category 2 storm, with sustained wind speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour (155 km/h), according to NOAA. Up to 15 inches of rain is possible near where the storm makes landfall.

"We've been through this before", Sally Crown said she closed the cafe where she works because the city was shutting off the sewer system in anticipation of the storm.

Mr Scott warned the residents of his state not to be complacent.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida cities including Tallahassee, Panama City, Apalachicola and Pensacola.

"The storm surge is absolutely deadly".

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According to an alert published by the Cuban Civil Defense, meteorologists warned affected residents that they could experience hurricane-force winds.

Michael was now a category one hurricane.

"I've been talking to mayors, to county commissioners, I think people are taking this serious", Scott said.

Some 120,000 people people have been warned to evacuate along Florida's coast, where schools and state offices are to remain shut this week.

The sheriff's office says Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes below that threshold.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said Michael had top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph).

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Life-threatening storm surge is forecast along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity.

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