Hurricane Michael effects possible for Beaufort County

Hurricane Michael effects possible for Beaufort County

"Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes".

By declaring a state of emergency, Ivey is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan, which directs the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities affected by the storm.

Michael's maximum sustained winds had reached 70 miles per hour, it said.

In the storm's wake: nine dead and 20 inches of rain in some places. A Category 1 hurricane has sustained winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour.

Hurricane Michael gained new strength on course for north Florida.

Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm early Wednesday as it made a final approach to the northwestern Florida coastline before it arrives on land. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon.

A hurricane warning was issued from the Alabama-Florida border eastward to Suwannee River.

"If this storm hits near Panama City, the Tampa area will still see life threatening storm surge", Scott said. Monday, it became the seventh hurricane of 2018 in the Atlantic Basin.

Alexander Charnicharo fishes at the seafront in Havana as Hurricane Michael passes by western Cuba on October 8, 2018. Michael was now a Category 1 hurricane, at the bottom of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

"This storm will be life-threatening and extremely risky", Scott said Sunday following a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says the rapid rise of Hurricane Michael led city officials to hold a "sobering" discussion about the potential impact the storm will have on the area.

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"Everybody's got to get ready". Cedar Key to Chassahowitzka could see storm surge topping out between 4 to 6 feet.

The State of Emergency went into effect at 3 p.m.

Voluntary, and in some cases, mandatory, evacuations were issued in some areas along the Florida Panhandle coast.

Florida State University announced it was closing for the week on Tuesday, along with schools in Leon County, home to the state capital Tallahassee.

In neighbouring Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared an emergency for the entire state on Monday in anticipation of wind damage, heavy rains and power outages.

A year ago millions of customers across Florida were without power after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Keys and then again in Collier County before crawling up the spine of the state.

Life-threatening storm surges could slam the Florida Gulf Coast, with the deadliest of possibly 9 to 13 feet expected between Mexico Beach and Keaton Beach.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan warned residents during a news conference Monday evening that first responders won't be able to reach them during the storm or immediately after.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for. Interests from southeast Louisiana to western Florida should prepare for the storm.

Hurricane-force winds and strong rain were being felt in Cuba.

For this hurricane season, the US -based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasting service and Britain's Met Office predict between five and nine storms of Category 3 or stronger.

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