Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

Hurricane Michael forms in gulf Lowcountry impact expected later this week

Hurricane Michael forms in gulf Lowcountry impact expected later this week

With the storm next entering the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, which has warm water and favorable atmospheric conditions, "There is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall", Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory. The storm, now about 395 miles south of Panama City, was moving north-northwest at 12 mph.

Michael continues to overcome high shear, which would typically hinder hurricane development, yet the tenacious storm is organizing despite the obstacle.

Landfall is expected some time on Wednesday afternoon or early evening near Panama City to Apalachicola. Michael is now a strong category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. With just a month to go before Election Day, voters were also given one more day to register to vote, once offices reopen after the storm. Hurricane Warnings and Storm Surge Warnings have been posted for the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend.

Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Panhandle in decades.

Nadine, which is no threat to land, is notable as the 14th named storm this hurricane season, which was forecast to have less activity than during a normal year. Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour or more are likely along the coast and could bring down trees and powerlines and rip tarps off homes damaged by Florence, Cooper said. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions".

Michael underwent a period of "rapid intensification" on Sunday and Monday, its winds strengthening by more than 35 miles per hour.

If high winds strike Maryland, the southern and eastern portions of the state are again at the greatest risk.

In Carrabelle, Florida, resident Cole Lauzau said she is planning to try riding out the storm at home with her roommate and their dog. In southeastern North Carolina, where residents are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, up to 4 inches of rain is forecast.

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"My immediate family is safe, thank God, but my cousin was killed", he told Reuters , adding that his family had got food and water in the past few days.

Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate in Wakulla, Gulf and Bay counties.

Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a unsafe major hurricane within days.

A hurricane warning is in effect from the Suwannee River on Florida's Gulf Coast west to the Alabama / Florida line.

Hurricane Michael has grown stronger as it moves toward a landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, with its maximum sustained winds reaching 110 miles per hour.

Stronger sustained tropical-storm force winds would be confined to the coast or just off shore, maybe for Citrus County, if at all, says FOX 13's meteorologist Dave Osterberg.

He also has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties and asked President Donald Trump for assistance ahead of the storm.

Even neighbors in Alabama were bracing.

Forecasters warned that Michael could ultimately dump a foot (30 centimeters) of rain in western Cuba, triggering flash floods and mudslides in mountain areas.

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