Michael expected to be category 4 strength at landfall

Michael expected to be category 4 strength at landfall

The Category 1 hurricane, as of 5 p.m. EDT Monday, is forecast to possibly strengthen to a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds topping 111 miles per hour near its center of rotation before reaching the Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning at Panama City Beach, Fla.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in more than 20 counties, and advised Gulf Coast residents to prepare for possible evacuation orders.

Florida's governor mobilized National Guard troops and thousands of Gulf Coast residents were ordered evacuated on October 8, two days before Hurricane Michael was forecast to slam ashore with life-threatening waves, winds and rains.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, had planned to campaign in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday, but instead threw himself into helping his city's residents fill sandbags and make other preparations.

CNN reports that such language is warranted, for Michael is now "slashing Cuba" and is expected to reach Category 3 status (with sustained winds from 111-129 mph) by Wednesday when it reaches the us mainland.

The storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to move mostly north and skirt by Cancun Sunday night and then cross the Gulf Of Mexico and hit theU.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

According to the NHC, Michael will likely make landfall early Wednesday morning, and is "forecast to be a risky major hurricane". It is forecasted to make landfall as a strong Category 3 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday. 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.

In the United States, a storm surge watch has been issued from Navarre, Florida to Anna Maria Island, Florida.

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He has also activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage those near the coast to evacuate inland.

It is tough, Leaphart said, given road "teams haven't had a chance to rest and catch our breath from the last one".

Tropical Storm Michael is seen in the Gulf of Mexico in this NOAA GOES-East satellite image taken Monday.

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

Hurricane Florence pounded SC in September, particularly the state's northeastern counties, causing flooding, evacuations and millions of dollars in damage to homes, roads and bridges. The hurricane warning stretches from Pensacola, Fla., eastward to near Cedar Key in the bend of Florida Panhandle.

7 P.M. Michael continued a slow process of strengthening Monday and at the 7 p.m. intermediate advisory had winds of 85 miles per hour.

The category-1 hurricane left dozens dead in the Carolinas and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage.

Michael was lashing western Cuba late Monday morning with heavy rains and strong winds, according to the hurricane center. "The potentially worst impact will be the storm surge". He added, "Today it is about life and safety". The primary threat will be tropical storm force winds, which are likely for most of our area.

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