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Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

11 October 2018
Hurricane Michael prompts Alabama to declare state of emergency

7A.M. The Tuesday morning update from the National Hurricane Center reports that Michael is now a catergory 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

The NHC warned that both could trigger deadly flooding and that residents within the hurricane warning zone should also "prepare for life-threatening winds". One man named Richard said he lives nowhere in the areas expected to feel the brunt of Michael.

After striking Florida, Michael is forecast to move up the east coast on Wednesday and Thursday, plowing through the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month. Our southwestern counties could even see hurricane force wind gusts of over 74 miles per hour.

With Michael's winds projected to be stronger than that, Wakulla County residents were urged to evacuate inland. A couple breweries in the city offered free filtered water to anyone bringing in growlers, jugs or other containers.

"Any way you look at it, we'll get rain from this system to some degree", Orrock said, adding as time moves on, the storm's track will become more clear. "We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life".

"This will be nothing like Florence and nothing like Matthew that hit two years ago today", Hohenstein wrote Monday.

Michael will make landfall very close to Panama City, Florida as a high end category 4 hurricane.

Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday the winds will become stronger and gusty.

Michael has left emergency responders in the Sunshine State scrambling to respond.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm is centered about 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the western tip of Cuba, and about 485 miles (785 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida.

"A northward to north-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday", noted the 4:00 p.m. EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

"I'm asking all Floridians to stay vigilant throughout tonight and tomorrow as we brace for Hurricane Michael to make landfall". In a press conference on Monday, he said Hurricane Michael was a "massive storm".

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.

The first rains from Michael were already beginning to soak the Florida Keys on Monday, with up to four inches (10 centimeters) expected to fall through Tuesday. It will also feel fantastic outside since we will strip the area of this August-like humidity!