Hurricane Michael category 4 towards Florida, SE-Alabama, SW-Georgia (USA). + Update 11 Oct

October 10, 2018

Update hurricane Michael 11. 20

Hurricane Michael made landfall early Wednesday afternoon (local time), with gusts of wind falling just short of a Category 5 storm.

The first death was reported Wednesday evening, after a Florida man was killed by a tree which crashed through his roof. Hours later, a second person – this time a child – was killed by a tree falling on his home in Georgia.

Moving over central Georgia, Michael became a tropical storm.

So far, Michael has left over 288,000 homes and businesses without power in Florida, and over 81,000 without power in Georgia and Alabama. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Michael may bring 4-12 inches of rainfall, and there is a risk of flash flooding.

According to The Guardian, Florida Governor Rick Scott called the storm “catastrophic” and “historical,” warning that “communities are going to see unimaginable devastation. This is the worst storm in the Panhandle in more than a century.”

Speaking to CNN, Scott warned residents that conditions would be too hazardous for emergency services to operate in.

“Nobody’s coming out to save your life today,” he said. “We’ve done everything we can to tell people to evacuate and some people have unfortunately chosen not to. I’m scared to death if there’s any kids who didn’t make that choice on their own.”

. When people get out tomorrow and start making their assessments they’re going to realize just how powerful a Category 4 storm can be. You’re going to see a very extensive area of damaging winds all the way into central Georgia.”

 

 

Aruz7 News today: Oct 10

Hurricane Michael, expected to make landfall in Florida within the next few hours, has been upgraded to a Category 4, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.

The Center added that Hurricane Michael is an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.”

The hurricane, with winds at 130 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Florida panhandle before heading back into the Atlantic Ocean.

According to Colorado State University’s Dr. Phil Klotzbach, if it makes landfall as a Category 4, it will be the strongest storm to hit the Florida panhandle since 1851. It would also be the strongest hurricane to hit the US this year.

Hurricane-force winds are expected in Florida, southeastern Alabama, and southwestern Georgia. At least 18 counties have issued evacuation orders, and over 30 shelters have been opened.

In a Tuesday evening statement, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida, wrote, “A potentially catastrophic event is developing. “Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott warned, “Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades. You cannot hide from storm surge, so get out if an evacuation is ordered.”

Earlier this week, Hurricane Michael claimed 13 lives in Mexico and Cuba.

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