Michael will arrive as an "extremely dangerous" storm Wednesday afternoon with winds of 145 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update Wednesday. The Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area stretching into Georgia and SC could see four to eight inches of rain, with some areas as high as 12 inches. There is still the chance for there to be tropical storm force winds in Charlotte.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency in her state, "in anticipation of widespread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael".
The forecast indicates Michael may be a Category 3 hurricane - with winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour - when it strikes Florida.
According to the hurricane center, one potential impact from a Category 3 hurricane is that "electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes". Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore are expected to see the most rain - 2 to 5 inches are possible, he said. The latest, 12z operational run of the European model shows Michael reaching a central pressure of 943.8mb shortly after noon on Wednesday, before making landfall along the Florida coast. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere across the southeastern United States should monitor the progress of Michael.
It is moving slowly moving north at 6 miles per hour and is starting to pick up speed. A bulletin from the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the centre of Michael was passing the western tip of Cuba yesterday.
SOME TT nationals living in Florida are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Michael.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.
Hurricane Michael is forecast to barrel its way through the states of Alabama and Georgia, as well as parts of MS and Tennessee, during the same day. Mandatory evacuations were under way in coastal areas, with 1,250 National Guard soldiers aiding the process and more than 4,000 troops placed on standby, Scott tweeted. Scott says that as evacuations are ordered, he will waive tolls.
In what appeared to be an off-script moment, Scott described the dynamics of storm surge: It moves in fast and leaves just as quickly, taking with it anything that isn't anchored.
"The storm surge is absolutely deadly".
"This isn't about politics", Scott said, "it's about keeping people safe".
Knapp noted that numerous association's members, which comprise more than 80 percent of nursing homes statewide, have been working with AHCA to prepare for the impending storm. Cuban authorities said they evacuated about 400 people from low-lying areas. But Givens said he was staying put because he owns two businesses in the area.
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.
Okaloosa County officials announced Davidson Middle School in Crestview would be the first to open at 8 p.m. Monday for the general population and those with special needs.